Thursday, March 15, Pascagoula, Mississippi- Seven thousand workers from thirteen unions entered their second week of strike at the Ingalls shipyards today. The workers walked out on March 8th after voting overwhelmingly to reject Northrop Grumman's new contract, which they say increases insurance premiums without an offset in pay or an allowance for the rising cost of living post-Katrina. The following audio and pictures are from the picket outside Northrop Grumman, taken on March 14th.
interviews with striking workers photos from the line
Update March 27th: All thirteen unions are still on strike at the Ingalls yards. In negotiations between the company and the unions the afternoon of the 27th wages and benefits were not even discussed according to officials with the metal trades council.
audio from the line and outside negotiations