FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sunday, June 21, 2020
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Today Lisa Savage, independent Green candidate for U.S. Senate, called for solidarity with striking workers at Bath Iron Works. As a former union negotiator for her local bargaining unit of the Maine Education Association, Savage supports safety and respect for all workers and fair pension contributions, and she plans to be on hand to show support for strikers in Bath at the 6:00 a.m. shift change on Monday, June 22.
“When membership of the S6 union voted not to accept the contract offered by management, I wasn’t surprised, as I’ve been closely following the negotiations,” said Savage. “I stand with them in their demands for a fair contract, in line with the skilled and often dangerous work they perform. I also know what a hardship striking puts on working families.
“BIW owner General Dynamics is a wealthy corporation that pays its executives tens of millions of dollars a year and uses profit to buy back its own stocks. It can well afford to give the skilled and trained workers at BIW fair compensation. Instead, BIW has been bringing in non-union laborers as contractors to avoid paying their Maine workers fairly.”
“In solidarity with Machinists Local 6,” Savage continued, “I call for all BIW to come to the terms of a fair agreement swiftly. Certainly, General Dynamics can afford it, given the $45 million tax break the Maine Legislature granted the massive military manufacturer in 2018, and the $900 million in cash on hand the company reported in its last SEC filing.”
Find information about Lisa’s background, her policy positions, and where to donate to her people-powered campaign at www.LisaforMaine.org.