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Feds: Carpenters Can Vote For Separate Contracts At Electric Boat

A recent ruling will allow more than 200 workers at Electric Boat in Groton to proceed with a union vote that could give them separate representation from the other 2,000 or so trades workers at the shipyard. For 70 years, nine unions have banded together under the Metal Trades Council of New London County to negotiate contracts with the submarine company. When the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners decided to leave the AFL-CIO 14 years ago, the national AFL-CIO began to suggest that Carpenters should not be part of the local Metal Trades Council, which is part of the AFL-CIO. From 2003 until 2014, local officials managed to maintain "solidarity agreements" despite the...

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