- Associated Press - Friday, July 14, 2017

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) - Steelworkers’ union members in Virginia have ratified a new collective bargaining agreement.

United Steelworkers Local 8888 announced in a statement late Thursday that members approved the new agreement with Huntington Ingalls Industries, the parent company of Newport News Shipbuilding, by a margin of nine to one. The union represents nearly 10,000 workers at the Newport News shipyard.

The new agreement takes effect immediately and will last more than four years. It will increase wages, improve pensions and contain health care costs.

Newport News Shipbuilding, which builds aircraft carriers and submarines, employs about 20,000 people and is Virginia’s largest industrial employer.

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