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BIW union Local S6 workers vote to strike

The largest union at Bath Iron Works has voted to strike for the first time in nearly two decades.

BATH, Maine — On Sunday afternoon Bath Iron Works' largest union, Local S6 of the Machinists Union, announced its strike.

The strike authorization vote was approved by 87%, Union President Chris Weirs told NEWS CENTER Maine. 

84.5% of the eligible 4350 workers voted.

This comes after the union and BIW were unable to work out contract negotiations. 

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Union members were asked to vote on two things if they accept BIW's "last and final offer" and if they plan to strike.

The strike will begin at 12:01 on Monday. Union officials told NEWS CENTER Maine picket lines could form then at both BIW and the main shipyard gates in Brunswick.

BIW spokesperson, David Hench issued a statement on Sunday:

BIW employees voted on Sunday not to accept the Company’s last, best and final offer for a new collective bargaining agreement.  Employees also voted to authorize a strike, beginning at midnight on June 21.  We obviously are disappointed by this result, but are prepared should a strike occur.  BIW will be making additional information available to its employees in the near-term so they can plan accordingly. 

Union officials have been preparing members for a strike since earlier this month.

The last time there was a strike at BIW was in 2000. It lasted 55 days.