Workers at BAE Systems ratify new contract - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Workers at BAE Systems ratify new contract

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Workers who make guns for naval ships at BAE Systems in Louisville have ratified a new, 5-year contract. Their vote Friday ends an 11-day strike against the company.

A majority of the 125 welders, machinists, inspectors and assemblers approved the contract. It includes pay increases, added protection for seniority and additional training, said International Assn. of Machinists Lodge 830 official Billy Stivers.

Workers staffed picket lines at BAE Systems starting August 22 after the previous contract expired. They asked for relief from extended overtime and had complained of the company not offering the same benefits as provided to workers at other BAE facilities.

The new contract is to run five years, effective back to August 19 of this year, Stivers said. Workers return to their jobs Tuesday.

"BAE Systems is happy to confirm that the IAM Local 830... voted to ratify the Company's latest proposal," company spokesperson Kelly Golden said in an emailed statement. "We look forward to working together to maintain delivery schedules to our customers."

In July, BAE announced the UK Ministry of Defence had awarded it a $245 million contract for a gun system known as the Maritime Indirect Fires System. The Louisville BAE plant is one of several that will perform work on the contract, a company news release said.

BAE’s plant is part of a Center of Excellence for Naval Guns, located at the former Naval Ordnance Station, now called the Airport Industrial Center in Louisville.

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