Union Members Ratify Avondale Contract
AVONDALE, La., Sept. 26, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Huntington Ingalls
Industries (NYSE:HII) announced today that members of the New Orleans Metal
Trades Council (NOMTC) and the Metal Trades Department (MTD) approved a new
collective bargaining agreement with the company's Avondale subsidiary.
"We are pleased with the ratification of the collective bargaining agreement
by members of the Metal Trades Council," said Chris Kastner, HII's corporate
vice president and general manager, corporate development. "This collaboration
between management and labor is another example of how we continue to work
together to provide the best opportunities for our employees and at the same
time better position Avondale to compete for future contracts in the
The new contract, which will run from Jan. 6, 2014, through Jan. 6, 2019,
contains a wage and benefits package designed to be competitive in the
commercial industry in which Avondale is pursuing future work.
Union leadership, represented by MTD President Ron Ault, issued a statement,
saying, "Avondale, the MTD and the NOMTC are pleased that our negotiated
proposal for a new collective bargaining agreement has been ratified by our
members. We worked together on this agreement and will support Avondale in its
efforts to acquire work in the commercial energy market."
If the company is not successful in finding work for Avondale in the
commercial market, the plan, as announced in 2010, will be to close the
Celebrating 75 years of excellence, Avondale offers a long record of
experience in modular engineering and construction. The company is capable of
executing a wide range of commercial industrial projects based on expertise
developed through shipbuilding and a history of applying those techniques to
other manufacturing projects. Avondale offers unique facilities, a talented
and experienced workforce, and 30 years of modular construction knowledge, all
strategically located in the Gulf of Mexico region with deepwater river access
to ports worldwide as well as 33 states through the Mississippi River system.
Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) designs, builds and maintains nuclear and
non-nuclear ships for the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard and provides after-market
services for military ships around the globe. For more than a century, HII has
built more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. naval shipbuilder at
its Newport News Shipbuilding and Ingalls Shipbuilding divisions. Employing
about 37,000 in Virginia, Mississippi, Louisiana and California, HII also
provides a wide variety of products and services to the commercial energy
industry and other government customers, including the Department of Energy.
For more information about HII, visit:
*HII on the web: www.huntingtoningalls.com
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