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Ingalls workers head to polls to vote over union contract extension

Published: Dec. 1, 2021 at 10:40 PM CST
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PASCAGOULA, Miss. (WLOX) - Union members working at Ingalls are heading to the polls Thursday to cast their votes for a contract extension.

The polls opened at 4am in Pascagoula. Around 7,000 employees at Ingalls are expected to vote on a contract extension between Ingalls and the unions. This will extend the contract for another four years through March 2026.

For members of the Pascagoula Metal Trades Council, this will be the second time they are voting on this extension. An earlier vote took place on Nov. 18 but there was an issue at the polls.

WLOX News spoke with a representative from the Pascagoula Metal Trades Council who said the election council was not confident in the way the ballots were put into the boxes during the first vote.

The representative said there were some irregularities so they wanted to have a revote to ensure they were confident in the way the votes would be counted.

If approved, the contract would give those eligible employees a $2,500 bonus payment on Dec. 16. A second $2,500 bonus would be given out in February 2022. Journeyman-level employees would get scheduled wage increases for the next three years, beginning in March 2023 with a 2.5% wage increase, which would be 70 cents. Healthcare plans, premiums, and retirement plans would not see any changes.

Then, journeyman-level employees would get scheduled wage increases for the next three years, beginning in March 2023 with a 2.5% wage increase, which would be 70 cents. Healthcare plans, premiums, and retirement plans would not see any changes.

Members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers will cast their vote at the Fair Hall, while members of the Pascagoula Metal Trades Council will cast their vote in the civic center at the Jackson County Fairgrounds.

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