Strike at Navy shipbuilder Bath Iron Works enters 2nd week

SHIPYARD-UNION

BATH, Maine (AP) — A strike by shipbuilders against Maine’s Bath Iron Works entered a second week on Monday with no talks between the company and the union. About 4,300 shipbuilders are engaged in a contract fight that focuses on subcontractors, work rules and seniority. Machinists Union Local S6 is less concerned about wages and benefits. A union spokesman said Monday the company gave a disingenuous offer to negotiate select parts of the contract — but not what the union wants to discuss. The strike began on Monday, June 22, against a backdrop of high unemployment and health fears during the coronavirus pandemic. The last strike, in 2000, lasted 55 days.