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April 23, 2015

Union sues BIW over job description changes

The largest union at Bath Iron Works is suing the shipyard over allegations that BIW’s plan to change job descriptions is a violation of its contract with workers.

The Bangor Daily News reported that The International Association of Machinists Union Local S6 filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Portland on Wednesday. The union is contesting BIW’s plan to settle the issue of changing job descriptions through third-party arbitration.

In defense of its arbitration plan, BIW said the changes in job descriptions would reduce the need to switch employees for different tasks. BIW’s plan to change job descriptions is part of a larger effort to cut down on costs in order to compete with other shipyards for future shipbuilding projects from the federal government, including a competitive U.S. Coast Guard contract.

Source: Bangor Daily News

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