Contract deadline looms for union at Bath Iron Works

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BATH (AP) — Bath Iron Works and a union representing more than 700 workers are trying to reach an agreement before week’s end to prevent a strike.

The Bath Marine Draftsmen’s Association Local 3999 authorized a strike on Sunday but returned to work as negotiations continued.

The union agreed not to strike and the company agreed not to engage in a lockout before a contract extension expires late Sunday.

Company spokeswoman Lisa Read said the company is negotiating in good faith.

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The union is part of the United Autoworkers and represents technical designers at the shipyard.

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