Bath workers settle, celebrate end of 63-day strike

Vol. 84/No. 35 - September 7, 2020

BATH, Maine — Shipbuilders at Bath Iron Works voted by 87% to approve a three-year contract and returned to work Aug. 24 following a hard-fought 63-day strike after rejecting the bosses “last, best and final” anti-union contract offer. The workers…


Bath shipyard strikers discuss tentative deal, strike still on

Vol. 84/No. 33 - August 24, 2020

After seven weeks of a bitter strike against demands by Bath Iron Works bosses for concessions that would weaken their union, International Association of Machinists Local S6 negotiating committee and the company reached a tentative agreement. Voting is set for…


March builds support for Bath shipyard workers strike

Vol. 84/No. 31 - August 10, 2020
Shipyard workers on strike in Bath, Maine, and supporters march July 25 against company demands to expand subcontracting, cut back seniority rights and raise health care costs. “This is not about greed on our part,” said striker John LaPointe. “It’s about dignity,” and knitting together generations of workers.

BATH, Maine — Over 300 spirited strikers, family members and supporters of the Bath Iron Works Shipbuilders strike gathered outside the International Association of Machinists Local S6 union hall, across the street from the shipyard here, for a rally and…


Build solidarity with the strikers at Bath shipyard!

Strikers say No! to bosses’ union-busting demands
Vol. 84/No. 30 - August 3, 2020
First day of shipyard strike June 22. Solidarity rally is set for July 25 at union hall in Bath, Maine.

BATH, Maine — Some 4,300 shipbuilding workers here are fighting union busting by the bosses at Bath Iron Works as they enter their fifth week on strike. Local S6 of the Machinists union is organizing a rally in front of…


Bath shipyard strike against union busting needs support!

Vol. 84/No. 29 - July 27, 2020
June 22 picket at Bath, Maine, shipyard. Strike is solid and winning solidarity from other unionists and workers in the region in face of company’s union-busting “last and final” offer.

In the largest labor conflict in the country, over 4,300 shipbuilding workers, members of Machinists Local S6, at the Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine, continue to win support and solidarity from area unions and local businesses as their strike…


Socialist Workers Party candidates get hearing in Bath, Boston, Albany

Vol. 84/No. 28 - July 20, 2020
Top, SWP presidential candidates Alyson Kennedy, right, and Malcolm Jarrett, back center, join Bath, Maine, shipyard strikers on picket line July 2. Inset, congressional candidate Willie Cotton, right, marches in New York City July 4 protest.

    BATH, Maine — Alyson Kennedy and Malcolm Jarrett, Socialist Workers Party candidates for president and vice president, joined striking shipbuilding workers on the picket lines at Bath Iron Works to bring solidarity to their strike, July 1-3. “Workers…


Bath shipyard workers’ strike gains solidarity

Hundreds rally in face of bosses push to impose attacks on union
Vol. 84/No. 28 - July 20, 2020
Picket line near entrance to Bath Iron Works in Maine July 3. Bosses want to scuttle seniority rights, step up use of nonunion subcontractors in attack on union, conditions on the job.

BATH, Maine — Some 350 striking shipbuilders, family members and supporters took part in a July 3 “Solidarity Pig Roast” at the Machinists Local S6 union hall here. The event was sponsored by local members, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers…


Shipyard strike is a fight for all working people!

Union strikes to defend jobs, a future against boss attacks
Vol. 84/No. 27 - July 13, 2020
Over 4,300 shipbuilding workers on strike in Bath, Maine, since June 22 on the picket line.

BATH, Maine — Over 4,300 members of Machinists Local S6 have entered the second week on strike against Bath Iron Works, a subsidiary of General Dynamics that builds destroyers and other ships for the Navy and is Maine’s largest private…


Solidarity with striking Bath shipyard workers!

Strikers fight boss move to pit generations against each other
Vol. 84/No. 26 - July 6, 2020
Shipbuilding workers on strike at Bath Iron Works in Maine June 22. Thousands of Machinists union members rejected company demands to contract out work, attack seniority, health care.

BATH, Maine — Thousands of Machinist union members went on strike here June 22 against concession demands at Bath Iron Works. They are fighting moves by the bosses to extend the use of subcontractors to further attack their jobs, wages…


South Africa workers strike, protest for wage raise, rights

Vol. 82/No. 19 - May 14, 2018

Tens of thousands of workers joined in a one-day strike and protests in cities and rural areas across South Africa April 25 called by the South African Federation of Trade Unions. They demanded a significant raise in the African National…