As the COVID-19 outbreak spreads through Maine, General Dynamics, the owner of the Bath Iron Works shipyard, must close the facility immediately.
Failure to do so puts the lives of all 6,000 workers and their extended families at risk. Further, as one of the largest gathering places in Maine, it puts all of Maine at risk, as keeping the facility open may make containment efforts for the entire state impossible. BIW workers return to homes in all of Maine’s 16 counties.
In solidarity with Machinists Local 6, I call for all BIW workers to be supplied with an immediate paid leave of no less than two weeks and for the facility to return to operation only with a staff level that allows for social distancing and safe work environments until the COVID-19 outbreak is sufficiently contained here in Maine.
To read Lisa's full statement on the issue, please see our recent Press Release.
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