PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Bath Iron Works and its largest union have reached a tentative agreement on a four-year contract proposal that'll be presented to members this weekend.
Jay Wadleigh, president of Machinists Union Local S6, tells The Associated Press negotiators reached the deal. He declined Tuesday evening to provide details until union members are briefed on Wednesday.
Local S6 members will vote Sunday at the Augusta Civic Center.
The Navy shipbuilder and the union that represents 3,500 production workers in Maine began negotiations in late November in hopes of reaching a deal by year's end, months before the current contract expires May 22.
The company hopes to nail down a contract that will help the shipyard become more efficient before bidding in the new year on a contract for Coast Guard cutters.