USW 8888: Our Fight for Justice at Newport News

"World-Class Workforce - Second-Class Treatment." The Newport News Shipyard is the only shipyard in the United States capable of constructing a highly sophisticated mobile defense system. The workers are part of the United Steelworkers of America union and have been bargaining with the company since January to improve their contract. However, they rejected the company's final offer and voted to go on strike due to low wages, rising medical insurance premiums, and a poor pension plan. The workers believe they deserve fair wages and benefits, considering they are world-class shipbuilders and labor in an industry vital to national security. The International Union has approved using its Strike and Defense program to assemble a team to assist and mobilize workers to achieve a fair agreement. Watch this video to hear firsthand from the workers and understand why they have taken the bold step to strike.

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