8,000 Workers Strike Northrup Grumman

March 24, 2007

Eight thousand workers in Pascagoula, Mississippi are entering the third week of a strike against Northrop Grumman, one of the country's largest defense contractors.

The workers, whose real wages have been drastically cut due to soaring prices in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, are demanding raises of at least $2/hour, $1/hour, and $1/hour over the next three years. The workers have also rejected the company's attempt to increase health care premiums for workers and retirees by as much as $50/month.

The strike began on March 8 after more than 85% of the workers twice voted against company proposals.

The workers are organized in 15 different unions, including the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (1,000 members) and the Pascagoula Metal Trades Council (6,700 members), comprised of 11 craft unions. Thousands of workers from other unions and local residents have joined the picket lines to support the strikers.