Jackson County

Pascagoula shipyard workers given details of 3-year extension

Workers arriving at Ingalls Shipbuilding this morning received fliers outlining the terms of a proposed 3-year contract extension between all unions at the Pascagoula facility and the shipyard.

Details of the two-sided flier, handed out by union representatives to workers as they rushed through the gates into the yard, would be in effect until March 8, 2015, if the contract passes.

All unions will vote Dec. 1 at the gymnasium on the Homeport from 4:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

According to the flier, the proposal would give workers three wage increases – 60 cents per hour on Jan. 9, 60 cents on March 11, 2013, and 70 cents March 10, 2014.

All qualified employees will receive a payment of $1,000 in lieu of a cost of living adjustment that may be due in 2012. The bonus is subject to state and federal taxes and FICA and 401K deductions.

The proposal also includes a slight increase to employees for health care premiums.

A union representative handing out the fliers this morning declined to comment on the proposal, but said a joint statement between union officials and Ingalls will be released later today.

According to the flier, all of the unions recommend this proposal for a contract extension.

SunHerald.com updates this story as details become available.