The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded a contract for up to five national security multi-mission vessels from TOTE Services. TOTE placed an initial order with Philly Shipyard for the first two vessels, with delivery to take place in the spring and winter of 2023. Members from Local 19 (Philadelphia) work at Philly Shipyard.
AFL-CIO Metal Trades Department President James Hart announced the contract April 8.
“The MTD and its affiliated international unions had one objective and that was to open the shipyard and put the 1,200 workers back to work,” Hart said. “Had we not been successful, the United States would have lost another major shipyard that would have further weakened our national security, not to mention good middle-class jobs, at a time when America needs to get back to work.”
Read these press releases from the Metal Trades Department, AFL-CIO and Philly Shipyard: