THE LOCKHEED-MARTIN-led industry team building Littoral Combat Ships for the U.S. Navy announced June 6 that it has delivered the Fort Worth (LCS 3) to the Navy two months ahead of schedule. Boilermaker members belonging to Local 696 (Marinette, Wis.) are playing a major role in the construction of the LCS series of ships. With a price tag of $360 million, the versatile, high-speed Fort Worth is designed for a range of operations in shallow coastal waters.
SASSO SABBIA LLC, a barge-building operation in Petaluma, Calif., has signed an agreement with Local 6 (Oakland, Calif.). According to Local 6 Bus. Rep Dave King, Sasso signed the union agreement after their nonunion venture ended with the sinking of their first barge on its maiden voyage — with only half a load on board.
With a completion date of March 2009 nearing, the company already has two more barges on order and it looks like smooth sailing for this new union contractor.
THANKS TO THE efforts of Local 614 members (Groton, Conn.) the U.S. Navy christened its newest Virginia-class nuclear-powered attack submarine, the New Hampshire, on June 21, a date that coincided with the 220th anniversary of New Hampshire’s statehood.
The fifth Virginia class to be built, she was completed months ahead of schedule at General Dynamics Electric Boat in Groton, Conn.
Northwestern completes its fourth season on “Deadliest Catch”
MEMBERS OF LOCAL 104 not only built the Northwestern, a fishing vessel owned by the Hansen family in Seattle, but they keep it in good working order between seasons of the television series, “Deadliest Catch.”
Local 1998-represented employees recoup $14 million for lost meal and break periods
AFTER 16 YEARS without a labor contract, 2,300 employees of General Dynamics’ NASSCO Shipyard in San Diego, Calif. — represented by Boilermakers Local 1998 — have ratified an agreement with the company. Workers approved the contract June 14 by unanimous vote. They also settled a lawsuit with NASSCO worth millions.
Victoria Shipyards receives $351 million award to refit frigates
VICTORIA SHIPYARDS, a Boilermaker employer since 1994, has been awarded a $351 million contract to refit five of Canada’s Halifax-class frigates stationed on the West Coast. The 12-year contract will create 110 new jobs at Victoria Shipyards and provide economic stability for the 450 workers already at the site in Esquimalt, British Columbia.