Local 8888 in Newport News


 Local 8888 partners with the company in giving families in need a Christmas to remember.:) Read more >>>

Union Christmas Party Dec 16, 2017


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The Nov. 7th Elections are less than a month away.
But too many voters – including union households – are not even aware.

That why we need your help – NOW – to get the word out to vote Nov.7th.

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Shift changes at Newport News Shipbuilding are usually a blur of men and women passing through turnstiles – coming and going and not wasting any time. But last Friday was different. Workers paused and dropped loose change, dollar bills, $10s, $20s or checks into USW Local 8888 collection buckets. Read more >>>

Collection to Help USW Hurricane Victims in Texas
In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in south Texas, the pain, confusion, loss, and desperation is real for millions of people, including many Steelworkers and their families. We know that our USW sisters and brothers have lost homes, vehicles and more. Now they are trying to pick up the pieces and hold their families together. Read more >>>

If you’ve been dragging your feet about signing up for an Aflac policy, time is running out to enroll and enjoy this members-only benefit. Open enrollment ends September 1, 2017. Read more >>>

The last holiday of summer is coming fast – Labor Day. It’s a welcomed day off for millions of Americans who take it for granted – just like too many folks in the shipyard who take for granted our right to bargain collectively for fair wages, safe working conditions and a dignified retirement. Read more >>>

Darn right, our health matters, too! That’s the urgent message sent to federal health officials in Washington, DC, by Local 8888 members who signed the Steelworkers beryllium petition during the past few weeks. Read more >>>

Starting Monday, Aug. 14th, Local 8888 staff and volunteers will collect signatures at the gates for a petition that will be submitted to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OHSA) in late August. Read more >>>

Local 8888 President Arnold Outlaw urges the City of Hampton to create a public landmark named for trailblazer Mary Jackson in letter to the Daily Press. Read more >>>

Ralph Hunt…
Somehow the timing of his death last week seemed awkward yet appropriate. Ralph Hunt (053), who carried Local 8888 in his heart and in his actions, passed away last Friday, July 14th – one day after members of Steelworkers Local 8888 ratified a new contract by a 9-1 margin. Read more >>>

 In spite of near-lethal heat temperatures over 106 degrees, members of United Steelworkers Local 8888 trekked to the union hall today and delivered a resounding “Yes” vote for a new 52-month contract with Huntington Ingalls Industries, the parent company of Newport News Shipbuilding. Read more >>>

Local 8888 members were so, so eager to vote on the proposed new collective bargaining agreement. How eager? Well, voters lined up outside the Local 8888 union hall – in the dark – at 4:30 a.m., even though voting didn’t start until 5 a.m. Read more >>>

Local 8888 members will be able to vote in Norfolk AND Newport News, Thursday July 13th, from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. Read more for details! Read more >>>

Download the contract summary and rate schedules here! Read more >>>

The USW Local 8888 “Bargaining Barbecue” held last Thursday totally slayed! Despite company efforts to keep folks away, members poured out of the shipyard after their shifts ended and second shift members came early to have a big serving of SOLIDARITY before clocking in. The company failed to keep new members and seasoned members from hearing about the company’s foot-dragging at bargaining table. The company saw a massive show of unity and spirit. Read more >>>

Mary Jackson, the Hampton, Virginia, native who became a global icon in the 2016 movie “Hidden Figures,” may finally be freed from the shadows of history, permanently, in her hometown, thanks to a Steelworker-led petition drive. On June 28, 2017, members of United Steelworkers Local 8888 turned in a letter and petitions with more than 2,500 signatures officially proposing that the elected leadership of the Hampton city government take the necessary actions to name or renamed a street or public park to honor Mary Jackson. Read more >>>

As the July 9th expiration date of our current contract closes in, the company will be paying a lot of attention to what YOU say and what YOU do to turn up the heat at the bargaining table. Like the saying goes: You can’t get fed if you keep your mouth close. Read more >>>

You definitely want to make this special cookout next Thursday, June 29th. You get FREE food and a direct report from union negotiators on where contract talks stand and what's ahead before the current agreement expires on July 9, 2017. Read more. Read more >>>

Last week the negotiating team for USW Local 8888 presented a package of benefits and economic proposals at the bargaining table. Here are the highlights: Click here.

The new Local 8888 bargaining button is a very, very hot item -- judging by the fierce demand from union members on the first day the button was distributed at the gates. The slogan, "Local 8888 Shipbuilders Rock the Boat," got plenty of high-fives and fist bumps. Read more >>>

It’s Time to Turn Up the Heat!
Thursday, June 29, 2017
2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
USW Local 8888 Union Hall
4306 Huntington Ave.
Newport News, VA 23607 Read more >>>

With contract negotiations heating up, volume and visibility are key to what we want to achieve at the bargaining table. The Local 8888 Communications Action Team (CAT) has led the way. Read more >>>

With the contract set to expire next month, the two sides will continue to meet face-to-face and separately to find common ground. But the company also needs to hear the message – loud and clear – that we are united and willing to do whatever is necessary to get a fair contract.  Read more >>>

 The best way for you to stay on top of breaking news regarding contract negotiations is to sign up for mobile text alerts sent by Local 8888. Read more >>>

Well, the first weeks of contract negotiations have been short on drama (a good thing) and long on formalities and laying the groundwork for exchanging proposals on non-economic issues between union negotiators and company representatives. So what was the company’s opening position? Read more >>>

2017 Bargaining Guide Now Available! Brochure highlights past contract gains, a must-read for newcomers. Read more >>>

Believe it or not, far from a dysfunctional White House, work still gets done in Congress. A small delegation of Local 8888 activists visited the offices of more than 20 lawmakers to deliver a clear bargaining message. Read more >>>

Local held ceremony on Workers Memorial Day, April 28th, raising awareness of workers’ rights. Read more >>>

Local 8888 President Arnold Outlaw delivered a blunt message to shipyard executives at the annual shareholders meeting of Huntington Ingalls Inc.today in Newport News. "We expect a fair contract." Read More...

You Are Invited!
USW Local 8888 - Community Solidarity Breakfast
Saturday, April 29, 2017
9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Local 8888 Union Hall
4306 Huntington Ave.
Newport News, VA 23607 Read more >>>

Workers Memorial Day is Friday, April 28th, and Local 8888 is honoring fallen Steelworkers and calling for job safety in the shipyard. Click here for more details.

Your Negotiating Team had to make a tough call recently. The company asked the union to consider extending our current contract for another year or more – something we’ve never done before. Our side was told that the company’s future financial situation was fuzzy and that it might be a difficult negotiation if we tried to complete a new Collective Bargaining Agreement by July 9, 2017, when the current contract expires. After both sides outlined their needs for a contract extension, the union team decided to stay on track with preparing for negotiations on new a long-term agreement, as we have done in the past.


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USW Local 8888 - Community Solidarity Breakfast
Saturday, April 29, 2017
9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Local 8888 Union Hall
4306 Huntington Ave.
Newport News, VA 23607 Read more >>>

Last Thursday, on a blustery spring day, staff and members of Local 8888’s Communications Action Team (CAT) hit the shipyard gates with a new bargaining leaflet and the first sticker for the 2017 contract negotiations. The message was blunt and bold: FAIR CONTRACT NOW: NO EXCUSES! Read more >>>

The USW Local 8888 Negotiations Committee is meeting regularly now to put together the union’s package of contract proposals. But one thing is clear already: the days of taking for granted automatic improvements in the contract are over. Believe it. Read more >>>

 Official USW Local 8888 Bargaining Update: The days of being a spectator are over. Read more >>>

 After a long and trailblazing career in the male-dominated NASA space agency, Mary Jackson called it quits.

For a week.

USW Local 8888’s Black History Month program on Feb. 23rd recognized a local trailblazer while stressing the need to resist negative or harmful forces that threaten the well-being of black citizens and most Americans. The union honored Mary Jackson, a Hampton, Virginia native who became the first black female engineer at Langley Lab in 1958, and is one three black women portrayed as trailblazers in the Oscar-nominated film “Hidden Figures.”

 Local 8888 got its perspectve in the new coverage of President Trump's recent visit to the shipyard. More...

 Local 8888 President Arnold Outlaw released a statement today on the visit of President Trump to the Newport News shipard. More ...

We need a few good people to help us keep everyone informed about contract negotiations. Read more to find out how you can help!

The phenomenal true story of Hidden Figures has an 8888 connection.

 Department meetings to discuss upcoming bargaining have been rescheduled. Read more:

 Contract Negotiations 2017! Read more >>>

Local 8888 is doing its part to mobilize union households in this crucial 2016 election. Check out photos of members passing out leaflets at the shipyard gate

VOTE! On Nov. 8th,  America will elect either a bully billionaire or the first woman to be the 45th U.S. President. Don’t get caught up in the drama or the dumb….stuff. Don’t listen to folks who say Hillary has got this thing wrapped up or that the election is rigged against Trump. A-N-Y-T-H-I-N-G CAN HAPPEN!

NEW!!! USW Local 8888 Tee Shirts

Strut your stuff in style – in union style, that is – with the new Steelworkers tee shirt. It’s long sleeve, just right for those cool spring mornings or nights. If you are a Local 8888 member, you can pick up your Steelworkers tee shirt at the union hall on Mondays or Wednesdays, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to the right, two Local 8888 members model the new Steelworkers tee shirt.

It doesn’t take much -- a hammer, a drill, a few nails and some strong backs -- and you’ve got a good crew to build a home for a family without one ... Read more >>>

March is Women’s History Month and tributes are pouring in for Michelle Obama, who made history as the first African American First Lady. She honored female veterans at a Women’s History Month event in Washington, DC ... Read more >>>

Pulling off two food distributions in Norfolk and in Newport News, at the Local 8888 union hall, took a lot of planning, and it created a successful partnership with several community organizations. The initial idea for the special food drive came from Local 8888 Financial Secretary Verna Chamberliss ... Read more >>>

You could see the gratitude in their faces. Bags of free groceries being loaded into the trunks and backseats of their cars. Food that could feed a family for a whole week ...  Read more >>>

 Many of our members have received layoff notices from Newport News Shipbuilding, impacting hundreds of USW Local 8888 members. This is especially bad news at this time of year ...  Read more >>>

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With contract talks coming down to the wire and budget funding for shipyard projects dangling in the air, you need to stay on top of these fast-breaking developments. So sign-up now NOW for text alerts from Local 8888. It’s simple:

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