Shipyard Talks Resume Tuesday

Northrop Grumman contract talks are back on. Union leaders in Pascagoula tell WLOX News they will sit down with Northrop Grumman officials Tuesday afternoon.

The strike, which began 19 days ago, has idled thousands of shipyard workers. The welders, pipefitters, electricians and others walked off the job after rejecting Northrop Grumman's three year contract offer. Workers say they need higher wages and lower health costs.

Last week, at a meeting with company President Philip Teel and a federal mediator, union leaders presented a proposal of a 2-1-1 raise - two dollars the first year and one dollar in the last two years of the contract.

Union officials won't share details, or even say if there is a new proposal from the company. Tuesday's meeting will begin at 3pm, and a federal mediator will be there.