Ingalls union members divided over contract extension
PASCAGOULA, Miss. (WLOX) - Union workers at Ingalls Shipbuilding are divided over a contract extension that would increase wages 2.5% over the next three years.
Nearly 7,000 shipyard employees headed to the polls on Thursday to vote on the contract extension. While members of the Pascagoula Metal Trades Council voted to approve the contract negotiation, members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers voted no.
Poll workers told WLOX the IBEW vote was close but a slim majority who are against the proposed contract edged out those who voted for it.
The terms of the contract extension include a $2,500 bonus payment on Dec. 16, with a second $2,500 payment being provided in February. However, employees would not get a raise until March 2023 when salaries would see a 2.5% increase, or about 70 cents. Healthcare and retirement plans would not see any change.
Now, IBEW has until March to renegotiate the contract and put it to another vote.
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