PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) -- Members of unions at the Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding Ingalls yard are voting on an offer the company made to extend the work contract.
Union leadership, representing 7,200 members at the yard, endorsed the move, saying it benefits both the workers and the company.
If the members ratify the extension Tuesday, the contract will not end until March 2012 and will include two raises of 55 cents each for journeymen, less for other workers, and a $1,000 bonus in mid-December that would take the place of a cost-of-living raise set for early next year.
Also, the cost of health-care coverage would not increase for workers during the two years.
The Sun Herald reports workers at the company's Gulfport site and the Avondale and Tallulah yards in Louisiana also will vote Tuesday.