The International Brotherhood of Boilermakers Local 449 voted Wednesday afternoon to reject the new five-year contract proposal from Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding in Sturgeon Bay. The previous contract had expired last Saturday but union members are continuing to work under the old terms. Union President Shawn Claflin says the labor negotiations are a process. He shares the concerns addressed in the new contract that will impact the 285 members of the union.
Claflin adds that it has taken up to five votes by the boilermakers in the past to approve a new labor agreement. Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding Vice President and General Manager Todd Thayse could not be reached for comment on Wednesday.