USW Local 8888 Reaches Tentative Agreement on New Contract with Huntington Ingalls Industries

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United Steelworkers Local 8888 has reached a tentative agreement with Huntington Ingalls Industries on a new collective bargaining agreement covering Huntington Ingalls Industries shipbuilders, a pact that would enhance wages, improve pensions, curb health care costs and bolster promotional opportunities in lower job categories.

The proposed agreement, which was finalized last night, covers 60 months. The current contract would have expired tonight at midnight. Local 8888 members got their first detailed report on the tentative agreement this afternoon at a members-only meeting at the Boo Williams Sports Complex in Hampton.

The Local 8888 bargaining committee strongly recommended ratification of the new pact. "The last two years have been like no others. The Worldwide Pandemic has changed all of our lives and required all of us to make significant adjustments and to reimagine our lives, including the way that we work. Through it all, the world’s greatest shipbuilders have delivered."

The union will hold a secret ballot vote for members-only to ratify or reject the proposed contract on Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021.

USW Local 8888 represents more than 10,000 workers at the Newport News shipyard.

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