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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — Newport News Shipbuilding — Virginia’s largest industrial employer and a key player in the Navy’s modernization efforts — has reached a tentative five-year contract with its biggest union.
The agreement with the United Steelworkers Local 8888 comes after its members rejected an earlier pact late last year, the Daily Press of Newport News reported.
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Both agreements called for annual pay increases. Union spokesman Dwight Kirk said the latest deal represents an enhancement over the rejected agreement but declined to provide details on the wage stipulations. Kirk said the union planned briefing the 12,000 workers in its collective bargaining union before they’re asked to vote on it. Kirk also said the agreement includes pension improvements, a cap on health care costs union members pay and the first benefit domestic partners.