Electric Boat, labor union agree to new contract

Electric Boat shipyard in Groton (file).
Electric Boat shipyard in Groton (file).

GROTON, Conn. (AP) — A labor union for 2,200 workers at submarine maker Electric Boat has agreed to a new, five-year contract through 2019 that includes annual pay raises of 3 percent or more.

The Day of New London reports that members of the Metal Trades Council approved the contract Tuesday on a vote of 1,307 to 277. The union includes machinists, electricians, painters, pipefitters and professional employees.

EB President Jeff Geiger says the contract provides stability and allows the company and workers to focus on making two submarines a year for the Navy with partner Newport News Shipbuilding in Virginia.

Electric Boat, a subsidiary of General Dynamics Corp. of Falls Church, Va., employs more than 12,000 people in Groton and North Kingstown, R.I.

The contract also includes pension increases for current workers.

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Information from: The Day

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