Local 8888 in Newport News


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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 >>>

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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