Submarines
3:05 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Electric Boat, Labor Union Agree to New Contract

A labor union for 2,200 workers at submarine maker Electric Boat has agreed to a new, five-year contract through 2019 that includes annual pay raises of three percent or more. 

The Day of New London reported that members of the Metal Trades Council approved the contract Tuesday on a vote of 1,307 to 277.

The union includes machinists, electricians, painters, pipe fitters, and professional employees.

Electric Boat President Jeff Geiger said the contract provides stability and allows the company and workers to focus on making two submarines a year for the Navy with partner Newport News Shipbuilding in Virginia. Electric Boat, a subsidiary of General Dynamics Corp. of Falls Church, Va., employs more than 12,000 people in Groton and North Kingstown, R.I. The contract also includes pension increases for current workers.