Joint Schedule Recovery Committee Updates

April 22, 2021 Statement of the Joint Schedule Recovery Committee

The Joint Schedule Recovery Committee met today with the support of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.

Representatives of BIW and Local S6 continued discussions on a number of ongoing operational issues throughout the shipyard.

  • It remains critically important that all employees maintain distance when possible and wear face coverings. These simple steps are for the protection of all employees and their families.
  • With the availability of vaccines, PLEASE consider getting vaccinated.
  • As part of the Committee’s ongoing review of equipment and operational suggestions, the Committee reviewed the following:
    • Update from Joint Tool Availability Team.
    • WFM Terminal improvements
  • Hiring is currently at 4,489 total manufacturing employees to our plan of 4,663.  The target for hiring by the end 2021 is to reach 6,000 total manufacturing employees. The Committee expects to recover the hiring plan by the end of May.
    • The Union and Management continue to work together on improving the coordination at hiring events, as well as retaining employees.
  • Progress continues to be made addressing grievances and arbitrations. Additional meetings are being scheduled.
  • Excellent progress continues to be made on post-delivery work on DDG-118.
  • Reviewed Key Metrics
    • Preoutfit to 1.8 Ship per year (First 6 Months)
      • Preoutfit Shipbuilding Velocity slipped a bit to 1.33 to a plan of 1.66. As always, the Committee is continuously discussing ways to improve velocity in order to achieve our goals.
    • Late to Install Release
      • Late work orders in Fab has increased bit.
    • DDG 1002 to Trials (First 6 Months)
    • Compartment Completion saw steady progress again this week.
      • There are 82 remaining compartments to a plan of 78.
      • We are currently at 195 remaining tests to a plan of 175.
      • The Committee and the Union are working cooperatively to begin the “Fast Cruise” program.
      • If you are interested in participating in Sea Trails, please consider getting a COVID vaccination.
    • DDG 120 ALO (First 6 Months)
      • Combat Compartments are at 19 remaining to a plan of 8.
      • Cable Tests sliding negatively. This trend will be investigated further.
    • DDG 124 Keel was laid on time.
      • Starts are 10 to a plan of 10.
      • Completes are at 5 to a plan of 6.

April 15, 2021 Statement of the Joint Schedule Recovery Committee

The Joint Schedule Recovery Committee met today with the support of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.

Representatives of BIW and Local S6 continued discussions on a number of ongoing operational issues throughout the shipyard.

  • With cases of coronavirus rising, it is critically important that all employees maintain distance when possible and wear face coverings. These simple steps are for the protection of all employees and their families.
  • Now that vaccines are available, PLEASE consider getting vaccinated.
  • BIW Supply Chain continues to focus on improving the predictable delivery of needed materials to the mechanics so they can do their work. The department is kicking off pilot programs in the next week or so. These will help determine the best processes and have them in place when the new kitting terminal comes online.
  • Management continues to actively work to bring an eyeglass representative on site. Due to COVID-19, it has been a problem getting such a person to come on site. These efforts will continue as all parties agree this is important.
  • As part of the Committee’s ongoing review of equipment and operational suggestions, the Committee reviewed the following:
    • The Committee was presented an extensive review of Rigging and Crane operations covering operational practices, safety, maintenance, training, and record keeping to name a few.
    • Update from Joint Tool Availability Team.
      • The Team has developed and adopted their Charter. The Pilot Program kicked off today.
  • Ongoing
    • WFM Terminal improvements are ongoing. Some improvement has been seen, but more work lies ahead. We are also looking at incorporating other activity into the system.
    • A number of training videos have been created at BIW to be used as a part of initial training and ongoing skills development. This will be an ongoing roll-out process.
  • Hiring is currently at 4,448 to our plan of 4,613 total manufacturing employees.  The target for hiring by the end 2021 is to reach 6,000 total manufacturing employees. The Committee expects to recover the hiring plan by the end of May.
  • The Union and Management continue to work together on a number of initiatives to accelerate the hiring process and retain employees.
  • The Committee reviewed an extensive program to assist in retaining employees from the Training Academy to the Deck Plate to when an employee may separate from BIW.
  • The Committee received an update on the hiring process including:
    • Updates and improvements being made at the Targeted Recruitment/Hiring Events with Local S6 participation.
    • Outreach to Retirees who may be interested in returning has been positive.
    • Progress is being made at streamlining the Medical/Background Check process.
  • Progress continues to be made addressing grievances and arbitrations. Additional meetings are being scheduled.
  • Excellent progress continues to be made on post-delivery work on DDG 118.
  • DDG-124 Keel was laid on schedule!
  • Reviewed Key Metrics
    • Preoutfit to 1.8 Ship per year (First 6 Months)
      • Preoutfit Shipbuilding Velocity improved 1.40 to a plan of 1.66. As always, the Committee is continuously discussing ways to improve velocity in order to achieve our goals.
    • Late to Install Release
      • Late work orders in Fab has slipped a bit. Most of this slippage was a result of the operation changes being made to improve schedule and should be recoverable.
    • DDG 1002 to Trials (First 6 Months)
      • Compartment Completion saw steady progress again this week.
      • There are 85 remaining compartments to a plan of 85.
      • We are currently at 206 remaining tests to a plan of 186.
      • The Committee received an update on the Accelerated Test Completion Plan including the “Fast Cruise” program. The Union and Management are working cooperatively on this effort to get DDG 1002 to Trials.
      • If you are interested in participating in Sea Trails, please consider getting a COVID vaccination.
    • DDG 120 ALO (First 6 Months)
      • Combat Compartments are at 20 remaining to a plan of 10.
      • Cable Tests remain on track with 385 to a plan of 300.
    • DDG 124 Keel COMPLETED
      • Starts are 9 to a plan of 9.
      • Completes are at 5 to a plan of 5.

April 8, 2021 Statement of the Joint Schedule Recovery Committee

The Joint Schedule Recovery Committee met today with the support of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.

Representatives of BIW and Local S6 continued discussions on a number of ongoing operational issues throughout the shipyard.

  • It remains critically important that all employees maintain distance when possible and wear face coverings. These simple steps are for the protection of all employees and their families.
  • With the availability of vaccines, PLEASE consider getting vaccinated.
  • BIW Supply Chain continues to focus on improving the predictable delivery of needed materials to the mechanics so they can do their work. The department is experimenting with a number of pilot programs to determine the best processes and have them in place when the new kitting terminal comes online.
  • Management continues to actively work to bring an eyeglass representative onsite. Due to COVID-19, it has been a problem getting such a person to come onsite. These efforts will continue as all parties agree this is important.
  • As part of the Committee’s ongoing review of equipment and operational suggestions, the Committee reviewed the following:
    • WFM Terminal improvements are ongoing. Some improvement has been seen, but more work ahead. We are also looking at incorporating other activity into the system.
    • Update from Joint Tool Availability Team.
      • The Team updated the JSRC on the pilot program of working with mechanics to return tools they have in their possession.
      • The Team continues to work on their Charter.
  • A number of training videos have been created at BIW to be used as a part of initial training and ongoing skills development. This will be an ongoing roll-out process.
  • Hiring is currently at 4,416 to our plan of 4,563 total manufacturing employees. The target for hiring by the end 2021 is to reach 6,000 total manufacturing employees. The Committee expects to recover the hiring plan by the end of May.
  • The Union and Management continue to work together on a number of initiatives accelerate the hiring process and retaining employees.
  • The Committee reviewed an extensive program to assist in retaining employees from the Training Academy to the Deck Plate, to when an employee may separate from BIW.
  • The Committee received an update on the hiring process including:
    • Updates and improvements being made at the Targeted Recruitment/Hiring Events with Local S6 participation.
    • Outreach to Retirees who may be interested in returning has been positive.
    • Progress is being made at streamlining of the Medical/Background Check Process.
  • Progress continues to be made addressing grievances and arbitrations. Additional meetings are being scheduled.
  • Excellent progress continues to be made on post-delivery work on DDG-118.
  • 124 Keel was laid on schedule!
  • Reviewed Key Metrics
    • Preoutfit to 1.8 Ships per year (First 6 Months)
      • Preoutfit Shipbuilding Velocity slipped from last week to 1.32 to a plan of 1.64. As always, the Committee is continuously discussing ways to improve velocity in order to achieve our goals.
    • Late to Install Release
      • Late work orders in Fab continue to trend positively.
    • DDG 1002 to Trials (First 6 Months)
      • Compartment Completion saw steady progress again this week.
        • There are 96 remaining compartments to a plan of 92.
      • We are currently at 215 remaining tests to a plan of 197.
      • The Committee received an update on the Accelerated Test Completion Plan including the “Fast Cruise” program. The Union and Management are working cooperatively on this effort to get DDG 1002 to Trials.
      • If you are interested in participating in Sea Trails, please consider getting a COVID vaccination.
    • DDG 120 ALO (First 6 Months)
      • Combat Compartments are at 20 remaining to a plan of 12.
      • Cable Tests remain on track with 484 to a plan of 450.
    • DDG 124 Keel COMPLETED
      • Starts are 8 to a plan of 8.
      • Completes are at 5 to a plan of 5.

April 1, 2021 Statement of the Joint Schedule Recovery Committee

The Joint Schedule Recovery Committee met today with the support of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.

Representatives of BIW and Local S6 continued discussions on a number of ongoing operational issues throughout the shipyard.

  • Due to current COVID caseloads it is critically important that all employees maintain distance when possible and wear face coverings. This simple step is for the protection of everyone and their families.
  • BIW Supply Chain will continue to focus on improving the predictable delivery of needed materials to the mechanics so they can do their work. The department is experimenting with a number of pilot programs to determine the best processes and have them in place when the new kitting terminal comes online.
  • Management has been actively working to bring an eyeglass representative onsite. Due to COVID-19, it has been a problem getting such a person to come onsite. These efforts will continue as all parties agree this is important.
  • As part of the Committee’s ongoing review of equipment and operational suggestions, the Committee reviewed the following:
    • WFM Terminal improvements are ongoing. Some improvement has been seen, but more work is ahead. We are also looking at incorporating other activity into the system.
    • Update from Joint Tool Availability Team.
      • The team came through some problems related to a personnel change made by Facilities.
      • The team reviewed a suite of tooling metrics, which was found to be insightful.  The team continues to work on their Charter.
    • The Committee reviewed the number of training videos created at BIW to be used as a part of initial training and ongoing skills development. This will be an ongoing roll-out process.
  • Hiring is currently at 4,383 total manufacturing employees to our plan of 4,513.  The target for hiring by the end 2021 is to reach 6,000 total manufacturing employees. We are steadily increasing new hires each week and working hard to retain employees.
  • The Union and Management continue to work together on a number of initiatives to accelerate the hiring process and retain employees. Some of these include:
    • Exploring why employees leave BIW and finding ways to retain them.
    • Update on the Targeted Recruitment/Hiring Events with Local S6 participation.
    • Outreach to Retirees who may be interested in returning has been positive.
    • Progress is being made at streamlining the Medical/Background check process.
  • Progress continues to be made addressing grievances and arbitrations. Additional meetings are being scheduled.
  • Very good progress continues to be made on post-delivery work on DDG-118.
  • Reviewed Key Metrics
    • Preoutfit to 1.8 Ship per year (First 6 Months)
      • Preoutfit Shipbuilding Velocity slipped a bit from last week to 1.50 to a plan of 1.63. As always, the Committee is continuously discussing ways to improve velocity in order to achieve our goals.
    • Late to Install Release
      • Late work orders in Fab are trending positively and we continue to monitor this.
    • DDG 1002 to Trials (First 6 Months)
      • Compartment Completion saw steady progress again this week.
      • There are 103 remaining compartments to a plan of 99.
      • We are currently at 219 remaining tests to a plan of 208.
      • The Committee has been working hard at meeting the goals presented to the Navy. This week, the Committee considered an Accelerated Test Completion Plan following a “Fast Cruise” approach similar to the DDG 1000 and 1001 Dock Trial Events.
    • DDG 120 ALO (First 6 Months)
      • Combat Compartments are at 21 remaining to a plan of 14.
      • Cable Tests remain on track with 584 to a plan of 600. The good news this week was that the switchboard was lit off.
    • DDG 124 Keel (First 6 Months)
      • Starts are 7 to a plan of 8.
      • Completes are at 5 to a plan of 5.

March 25, 2021 Statement of the Joint Schedule Recovery Committee

The Joint Schedule Recovery Committee met today with the support of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.

Representatives of BIW and Local S6 continued discussions on a number of ongoing operational issues throughout the shipyard.

  • Due to ongoing COVID caseloads it is critically important that all employees maintain distance when possible and wear face coverings. This simple step is for the protection of everyone and their families.
  • BIW Supply Chain will continue to focus on improving the predictable delivery of needed materials to the mechanics so they can do their work. The department is experimenting with a number of pilot programs to determine the best processes and have them in place when the new kitting terminal comes online.
  • As part of the Committee’s ongoing review of equipment and operational suggestions, the Committee reviewed the following:
    • Update on the improved ventilation plan for the AB
    • An extensive update on the WFM terminal improvements.
    • Report out of the first meeting of the Joint Tool Availability Team. This team was created to ensure that employees have the tools they need, when they need them.
  • Hiring is currently at 4,365 manufacturing employees to our plan of 4,413. The target for hiring by the end of 2021 is to reach 6,000 total manufacturing employees. The Union and Management continue to work together on a number of initiatives to accelerate the hiring process and increasing staffing. Some of these include:
    • Update on the Targeted Recruitment/Hiring Event for Pipefitters and Shipfitters scheduled for next week with Local S6 participation.
    • An update on the planning with High Schools to recruit graduates.
    • Responses to the Outreach to Retirees who may be interested in returning has been positive.
    • Continuing to look at the possible streamlining of the Medical/Background Process
  • Progress continues to be made addressing grievances and arbitrations. Additional meetings are being scheduled.
  • Very good progress continues to be made on post-delivery work on DDG-118.
  • Reviewed Key Metrics
    • Preoutfit to 1.8 Ship per year (First 6 Months)
      • Preoutfit Shipbuilding Velocity slipped a bit from last week to 1.52 to a plan of 1.6. As always, the Committee is continuously discussing ways to improve velocity in order to achieve our goals.
    • Late to Install Release
      • Late work orders in Fab continue to trend positively. This is good news, and we continue to monitor this.
    • DDG 1002 to Trials (First 6 Months)
      • Compartment Completion saw steady progress this week.
      • There are 113 remaining compartments to a plan of 106.
      • The Committee has been working hard at improving the testing on 1002 in order to meet the goals presented to the Navy. We are currently at 230 remaining tests to a plan of 219.
    • DDG 120 ALO (First 6 Months)
      • Combat Compartments are at 23 remaining to a plan of 16.
      • Cable Tests are on track with 690 to a plan of 750.
    • DDG 124 Keel (First 6 Months)
      • Starts are 7 to a plan of 7.
      • Completes remain at 2 to a plan of 5.

March 18, 2021 Statement of the Joint Schedule Recovery Committee

The Joint Schedule Recovery Committee met today with the support of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.

Representatives of BIW and Local S6 continued discussions on a number of ongoing operational issues throughout the shipyard.

  • Due to ongoing COVID caseloads it is critically important that all employees maintain distance when possible and wear face coverings. This simple step is for the protection of everyone and their families.
  • BIW Supply Chain will continue to focus on improving the predictable delivery of needed materials to the mechanics so they can do their work. The department is experimenting with a number of pilot programs to determine the best processes and have them in place when the new kitting terminal comes online.
  • As part of the Committee’s ongoing review of equipment and operational suggestions, the Committee reviewed the following:
    • A presentation on improving the WFM Terminals. Improvements are being made to increase and improve the operation of these terminals.
    • Forming a Tool Committee to ensure that employees have the tools they need, when they need them.
  • Hiring is currently at 4,367 manufacturing employees to our plan of 4,413.  The target for hiring by the end of 2021 is to reach 6,000 total manufacturing employees. The Union and Management continue to work together on a number of initiatives to accelerate the hiring process and increase staffing. Some of these include:
    • Possible Streamlining of the Medical/Background Process.
    • Focus recruitment efforts on targeted positions and experience.
    • Working with schools to recruit graduates.
    • Outreach to Retirees who may be interest in returning.
  • Progress continues to be made addressing grievances and arbitrations. Additional meetings are being scheduled.
  • Very good progress is being made on post-delivery work on DDG-118.
  • Reviewed Key Metrics
    • Preoutfit to 1.8 Ship per year (First 6 Months)
      • Preoutfit Shipbuilding Velocity remains on target at 1.6 to a plan of 1.6. As always, the Committee is continuously discussing ways to improve velocity in order to achieve our goals.
    • Late to Install Release
      • Late work orders in Fab continue to trend positively. This is good news, and we continue to monitor this.
    • DDG 1002 to Trials (First 6 Months)
      • Compartment Completion slipped a bit.
      • There are 120 remaining compartments to a plan of 113.
      • The Committee has been working hard at improving the testing on 1002 in order to meet the goals presented to the Navy. We are currently at 236 remaining tests to a plan of 230.
    • DDG 120 ALO (First 6 Months)
      • Combat Compartments are at 24 remaining to a plan of 18.
      • Cable Tests are on track with 824 to a plan of 900.
    • DDG 124 Keel (First 6 Months)
      • Starts are 6 to a plan of 5.
      • Completes remain at 2 to a plan of 5.

March 11, 2021 Statement of the Joint Schedule Recovery Committee

The Joint Schedule Recovery Committee met today with the support of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.

Representatives of BIW and Local S6 continued discussions on a number of ongoing operational issues throughout the shipyard.

  • It is critically important that all employees maintain distance when possible and wear face coverings. This simple step is for the protection of everyone and their families.
  • Congratulations to all on the acceptance of DDG 118 to the Navy. Tremendous work by all to meet this important milestone!
  • BIW Supply Chain will continue to focus on improving the predictable delivery of needed materials to the mechanics so they can do their work. The department is experimenting with a number of pilot programs to determine the best processes and have them in place when the new kitting terminal comes online.
  • As part of the Committee’s ongoing review of equipment and operational suggestions, the topic of tool availability and access was discussed, and action has been taken and more will be taken to address the concerns in this area.
  • Hiring continues to increase, currently we are at 4,360 manufacturing employees to our plan of 4,363.  The target for hiring by the end 2021 is to reach 6,000 total manufacturing employees. The Union and Management continue to work together on staffing and hiring issues.
  • Progress continues to be made addressing grievances and arbitrations. Additional meetings are being scheduled.
  • Reviewed Key Metrics
    • Preoutfit to 1.8 Ship per year (First 6 Months)
      • Preoutfit Shipbuilding Velocity is on target at 1.6 to a plan of 1.6. As always, the Committee is continuously discussing ways to improve velocity in order to achieve our goals.
    • Late to Install Release
      • Late work orders in Fab continue to trend positively. This is good news, and we continue to monitor this.
    • Delivery of DDG 118
      • Kudos to all on the Navy’s acceptance of DDG 118!
    • DDG 1002 to Trials (First 6 Months)
      • Progress is being made in Compartment Completion. This progress is in large part due to the tremendous work done by the Expediters.
      • There are 125 remaining compartments to a plan of 120.
      • The Committee has been working hard at improving the testing on 1002 in order to meet the goals presented to the Navy.
    • DDG 120 ALO (First 6 Months)
      • Combat Compartments are at 25 remaining to a plan of 20.
      • Cable Tests are on track with 974 to a plan of 1,050.
    • DDG 124 Keel (First 6 Months)
      • Starts are 5 to a plan of 5.
      • Completes are 2 to a plan of 5.

March 4, 2021 Statement of the Joint Schedule Recovery Committee

The Joint Schedule Recovery Committee met today with the support of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.

Representatives of BIW and Local S6 continued discussions on a number of ongoing operational issues throughout the shipyard.

  • Due to the rising COVID caseloads it is critically important that all employees maintain distance when possible and wear face coverings. This simple step is for the protection of everyone and their families.
  • The Committee continues to work on improving the testing on DDG 1002 and DDG 120 in order to meet the goals presented to the Navy. Additional meetings are being held.
  • BIW Supply Chain will continue to focus on improving the predictable delivery of needed materials to the mechanics so they can do their work. The department is experimenting with a number of pilot programs to determine the best processes and have them in place when the new kitting terminal comes online.
  • The Committee continued its ongoing review of equipment and operational suggestions.
  • Hiring continues to increase. Currently we are at 4,348 manufacturing employees to our plan of 4,278. The target for hiring by the end 2021 is to reach 6,000 total manufacturing employees. The Union and Management continue to work together on staffing and hiring issues.
  • Progress continues to be made addressing grievances and arbitrations. Additional meetings are being scheduled.
  • Reviewed Key Metrics
    • Preoutfit to 1.8 Ship per year (First 6 Months)
      • Preoutfit Shipbuilding Velocity increased significantly to 1.68 to a goal of 1.57.  The Committee is continuously discussing ways to improve velocity in order to achieve our goals.
    • Late to Install Release
      • Late work orders in Fab are trending positively. While this is good news, we continue to monitor this.
    • Delivery of DDG 118
      • With successful completion of two sea trials, we are well positioned to complete delivery.
    • DDG 1002 to Trials (First 6 Months)
      • Good progress is being made in Compartment Completion. This progress is in large part due to the tremendous work done by the Expediters.
      • There are 129 remaining compartments to a plan of 127.
      • There are 253 Remaining Tests to a plan of 214.
        • As discussed above, Union and Management are actively working together to improve the testing on 1002 and 120 in order to meet the goals presented to the Navy.
    • DDG 120 ALO (First 6 Months)
      • Combat Compartments are at 26 remaining to a plan of 22.
      • Cable Tests are on track with 1,158 to a plan of 1,200.
    • DDG 124 Keel (First 6 Months)
      • Starts are 5 to a plan of 5.
      • Completes are 2 to a plan of 4.

February 25, 2021 Statement of the Joint Schedule Recovery Committee

The Joint Schedule Recovery Committee met today with the support of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.

Representatives of BIW and Local S6 continued discussions on a number of ongoing operational issues throughout the shipyard.

  • Due to the rising COVID caseloads it is critically important that all employees maintain distance when possible and wear face coverings. This simple step is for the protection of everyone and their families.
  • The Committee reviewed all of the Capital Projects for 2021.
  • The Committee is actively working to improve the testing on DDG 1002 and DDG 120 in order to meet the goals presented to the Navy. Additional meetings will be held between now and the next Committee meeting.
  • BIW Supply Chain will continue to focus on improving the predictable delivery of needed materials to the mechanics so they can do their work. The department is experimenting with a number of pilot programs to determine the best processes and have them in place when the new kitting terminal comes online.
  • Hiring continues to increase. Currently we are at 4,335 manufacturing employees to our plan of 4,278.  The target for hiring by the end 2021 is to reach 6,000 total manufacturing employees. The Union and Management continue to work together on staffing and hiring issues. This includes managing the rate of hiring and the deployment of new hires to maximize efficiency.
  • Progress continues to be made addressing grievances and arbitrations. Additional meetings are being scheduled.
  • As part of the ongoing review of equipment and operational suggestions, the Committee reviewed the extensive Preoutfit Overview report conducted by the Union with the objective of increasing shipbuilding velocity in Preoutfit to two ships per year.
  • Reviewed Key Metrics
    • Preoutfit to 1.8 Ship per year (First 6 Months)
      • Preoutfit Shipbuilding Velocity increased to 1.47 to a goal of 1.57.  The Committee is continuously discussing ways to improve velocity in order to achieve our goals.
    • Late to Install Release
      • Late work orders in Fab are trending up. While this trend is not expected to continue, we need to monitor this.
    • Delivery of DDG 118
      • With successful completion of two sea trials, we are well positioned to complete delivery.
    • DDG 1002 to Trials (First 6 Months)
      • Good progress is being made in Compartment Completion.
      • There are 135 remaining compartments to a plan of 134.
      • There are 255 remaining tests to a plan of 226.
        • As discussed above, Union and Management are actively working together to improve the testing on DDG 1002 and DDG 120 in order to meet the goals presented to the Navy.
    • DDG 120 ALO (First 6 Months)
      • Combat Compartments are at 26 remaining to a plan of 24.
      • ALO Cable Tests are ahead of schedule
    • DDG 124 Keel (First 6 Months)
      • Starts are 5 to a plan of 5.
      • Completes are 2 to a plan of 3.

February 18, 2021 Statement of the Joint Schedule Recovery Committee

The Joint Schedule Recovery Committee met today with the support of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.

Representatives of BIW and Local S6 continued discussions on a number of ongoing operational issues throughout the shipyard.

  • Due to the rising COVID caseloads it is critically important that all employees maintain distance when possible and wear face coverings. This simple step is for the protection of everyone and their families.
  • BIW Supply Chain will continue to focus on improving the predictable delivery of needed materials to the mechanics so they can do their work. The department is experimenting with a number of pilot programs to determine the best processes and have them in place when the new kitting terminal comes online.
  • Hiring continues to increase, currently we are at 4,332 manufacturing employees to our plan of 4,263.  The target for hiring by the end 2021 is to reach 6,000 total manufacturing employees. The Union and Management continue to work together on staffing and hiring issues. This includes managing the rate of hiring and the deployment of new hires to maximize efficiency.
  • Progress continues to be made addressing grievances and arbitrations. Additional meetings are being scheduled.
  • Many equipment and operational suggestions and issues presented by the Union representatives were discussed and followed up on. In particular this week were a review and discussion of suggested changes in the paint operation.
  • Reviewed Key Metrics
    • Preoutfit to 1.8 Ship per year (First 6 Months)
      • Preoutfit Shipbuilding Velocity increased to 1.37. We remain behind our plan of 1.50. The Committee is continuously discussing ways to improve velocity in order to achieve our goals.
    • Late to Install Release
      • Late work orders in Fab are trending up. While this trend is not expected to continue, we need to monitor this.
    • DDG 1002 to Trials (First 6 Months)
      • Good progress is being made in Compartment Completion.
      • There are 138 remaining compartments to a plan of 141.
      • Completing Tests is a concern. The Committee will be following up in the issues surrounding Test Completions.
      • There are 256 Remaining Tests to a plan of 238.
    • DDG 120 ALO (First 6 Months)
      • Combat Compartments are at 27 remaining to a plan of 26.
      • Cable Tests are on track with 1500 to a plan of 1500.
    • DDG 124 Keel (First 6 Months)
      • Starts are 5 to a plan of 5.
      • Completes are 2 to a plan of 2.

February 4, 2021 Statement of the Joint Schedule Recovery Committee

The Joint Schedule Recovery Committee met today with the support of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.

Representatives of BIW and Local S6 continued discussions on a number of ongoing operational issues throughout the shipyard.

  • Due to the rising COVID caseloads it is critically important that all employees maintain distance when possible and wear face coverings. This simple step is for the protection of everyone and their families.
  • Materials Management will continue to focus on improving the predictable delivery of needed materials to the mechanics so they can do their work. The department is experimenting with a number of pilot programs to determine the best processes and have them in place when the new kitting terminal comes online.
  • Hiring continues to increase, currently we are at 4,283 manufacturing employees to our plan of 4,193.  The target for hiring by the end 2021 is to reach 6,000 total manufacturing employees. The Union and Management continue to work together on staffing and hiring issues. This includes managing the rate of hiring and the deployment of new hires to maximize efficiency.
  • Progress continues to be made addressing grievances and arbitrations. Additional meetings are being scheduled.
  • Many equipment and operational suggestions and issues presented by the Union representatives were discussed and followed up on.
  • Reviewed Key Metrics
    • Preoutfit to 1.8 Ship per year (First 6 Months)
      • Preoutfit Shipbuilding Velocity slipped a bit to 1.25. We remain behind our plan of 1.50. The Committee is continuously discussing ways to improve velocity in order to reach our goals.
    • Late to Install Release
      • Late work orders in Fab remain fairly stable.
    • Delivery of DDG 118
      • Management again expressed appreciation for the last-minute work allowing 118 to get underway Wednesday.
      • The next few weeks will be critical for completing the work necessary for on-time delivery.
    • DDG 1002 to Trials (First 6 Months)
      • Good progress is being made in Compartment and Tests.
      • There are 151 remaining compartments to a plan of 155.
      • There are 258 Remaining Tests to a plan of 258.
    • DDG 120 ALO (First 6 Months)
      • Combat Compartments are at 30 remaining to a plan of 28.
      • Cable Tests are on track with 1500 to a plan of 1500.
    • DDG 124 Keel (First 6 Months)
      • Starts are 4 to a plan of 5.
      • Completes are 2 to a plan of 2.

January 28, 2021 Statement of the Joint Schedule Recovery Committee

The Joint Schedule Recovery Committee met today with the support of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.

Representatives of BIW and Local S6 continued discussions on a number of ongoing operational issues throughout the shipyard.

  • Due to the rising COVID-19 caseloads it is critically important that all employees maintain distance when possible and wear face coverings. This simple step is for the protection of everyone and their families.
  • BIW Procurement made a presentation to the Committee on Materials availability. They covered the supply chain from purchasing, to the warehouse, to “last mile” issues getting the materials to the specific job sites. They covered the improvements they have made as well as the challenges they face going forward. Improvements they have made have yielded the following:
  • Purchased material is currently available at the start of the work order 99.97% of the time.
  • Materials ordered from the warehouse are delivered to the worksite in 5 days or less 92% of the time.
  • Slump has trended positively but is always a challenge. On average, fewer that 10 of the 9,000 bins in the yard are empty at the start of the shift.
  • An ongoing challenge is trying to deliver materials when they are needed and to consume the ordered materials in a timely manner in order to reduce the number of lost/damaged materials.

The focus for 2021 is to improve the predictable delivery of needed materials to the mechanics so they can do their work. The department is experimenting with a number of pilot programs to determine the best processes and have them in place when the new kitting terminal comes online.

  • Hiring continues to increase, currently we are at 4,249 manufacturing employees to our plan of 4,158.  The target for hiring by the end 2021 is to reach 6,000 total manufacturing employees. The Union and Management continue to work together on staffing and hiring issues. This includes managing the rate of hiring and the deployment of new hires to maximize efficiency.
  • Good progress continues to be made addressing grievances and arbitrations. Additional meetings are being scheduled.
  • A number of equipment and operational suggestions and issues presented by the Union representatives were discussed and followed up on.
  • Reviewed Key Metrics
    • Preoutfit to 1.8 Ship per year (First 6 Months)
      • Preoutfit Shipbuilding Velocity increased to 1.29. Despite the improvement, we remain behind our plan of 1.50. The Committee is continuously discussing ways to improve velocity in order to reach our goals.
    • Late to Install Release
      • Late work orders in Fab continue to decrease considerably. This is positive news.
    • Delivery of DDG 118
      • We are on track for delivery. The next few weeks will be critical for completing the work necessary for on-time delivery. Management expressed appreciation for the swift action of the Insulators in correcting an emergent issue while maintaining our pre-INSURV readiness inspection schedule.  Day zero of INSURV is scheduled for Saturday, 1/30/21 with the underway period currently scheduled for next week; Tuesday and Wednesday, (2/2 and 2/3/, 2021.)
    • DDG 1002 to Trials (First 6 Months)
      • Good progress is being made in Compartments and Tests.
      • We have completed 159 compartments to a plan of 162.
      • There are 262 Remaining Tests to a plan of 263.

January 21, 2021 Statement of the Joint Schedule Recovery Committee

The Joint Schedule Recovery Committee met today with the support of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.

Representatives of BIW and Local S6 continued discussions on a number of ongoing operational issues throughout the shipyard.

  • Due to the rising COVID caseloads it is critically important that all employees maintain distance when possible and wear face coverings. This simple step is for the protection of everyone and their families.
  • Hiring continues to increase, currently we are at 4,205 manufacturing employees to our plan of 4,123.  The target for hiring by the end of 2021 is to reach 6,000 total manufacturing employees. The Union and Management continue to work together on a number staffing and hiring issues. This includes managing the rate of hiring to maximize efficiency.

Reminder: Following application, candidates can visit the site to determine where they are in the application process and ensure that all requested information has been provided.

  • Good progress continues to be made addressing grievances and arbitrations. This includes new pre-grievance discussions on a number of issues that resulted in settlements. This work will continue.
  • A number of equipment and operational suggestions and issues presented by the Union representatives were discussed and followed up on.
  • Reviewed Key Metrics
    • Preoutfit to 1.8 Ship per year (First 6 Months)
      • Preoutfit Shipbuilding Velocity decreased to 1.18. We are behind our plan of 1.50 and the Committee is looking at ways to improve efficiency in order to reach our goals.
    • Late to Install Release
      • Late work orders in Fab has decreased considerably. This is very positive news.
    • Delivery of DDG 118
      • We are on track for delivery. The next few weeks will be critical for completing the work necessary for on-time delivery.
    • DDG 1002 to Trials (First 6 Months)
      • Good progress is being made in Compartment and Tests.
      • We have completed 161 compartments to a plan of 169.
      • There are 265 Remaining Test to a plan of 268.
    • DDG 120 ALO (First 6 Months)
      • Combat Compartments are on track with 31 completed to a plan of 30. While we are ahead, there is an aggressive schedule going forward.
      • Cable Tests are on track with 1500 to a plan of 1500.
    • DDG 124 Keel (First 6 Months)
      • Starts are 4 to a plan of 5.
      • Completes are 2 to a plan of 2.

January 14, 2021 Statement of the Joint Schedule Recovery Committee

The Joint Schedule Recovery Committee met today with the support of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.

Representatives of BIW and Local S6 continued discussions on a number of ongoing operational issues throughout the shipyard.

  • Due to the rising COVID caseloads it is critically important that all employees maintain distance when possible and wear face coverings. This simple step is for the protection of everyone and their families.
  • Hiring is steadily increasing, currently we are at 4,154 to our plan of 4,098. The target for hiring by the end 2021 is 6,000 total manufacturing employees. The Union and Management continue to work together on a number staffing and hiring issues. This includes managing the rate of hiring to maximize efficiency.

The Committee reviewed the BIW online portal for new hire applicants. Following application, candidates can visit the site to determine where they are in the application process and ensure that all requested information has been provided.

  • As reported last week, senior management reported on their meetings with direct supervisors where they encouraged the direct supervisors to maintain cooperative working relationships with the union representatives. The Committee has begun to see positive changes as a result of these meetings.
  • Good progress continues to be made addressing grievances and arbitrations. This includes new pre-grievance discussions on a number of issues that resulted in settlements. This work will continue.
  • A number of equipment and operational suggestions and issues presented by the Union representatives were discussed and followed up on.
  • Reviewed Key Metrics
    • Preoutfit to 1.8 Ship per year (First 6 Months)
      • While Preoutfit Shipbuilding Velocity increased to 1.25, we are still behind our plan of 1.50. The Committee is looking at ways to improve efficiency in order to reach our goals.
    • 0 Lates in Fab
      • Lates in Outfit Fab decreased after an increase due to COVID. Despite the improvement, this will need to be closely monitored.
      • Lates in Structural Fab decreased and are trending positive.
    • Delivery of DDG 118
      • We are on track for delivery. The next few weeks will be critical for completing the work necessary for on-time delivery.
    • DDG 1002 to Trials (First 6 Months)
      • We have completed 166 compartments to a plan of 176. The Committee will be looking at this further.
      • Tests are on track.
    • DDG 120 ALO (First 6 Months)
      • Combat Compartments are on track with 31 completed to a plan of 31.
      • Cable Tests are on track with 1500 to a plan of 1500.
    • DDG 124 Keel (First 6 Months)
      • Starts are 2 to a plan of 4.
      • Completes are 1 to a plan of 2.

January 7, 2021 Statement of the Joint Schedule Recovery Committee

The Joint Schedule Recovery Committee met today with the support of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.

Representatives of BIW and Local S6 continued discussions on a number of ongoing operational issues throughout the shipyard.

  • Due to the rising COVID caseloads it is critically important that all employees maintain distance when possible and wear face coverings. This simple step is for the protection of everyone and their families.
  • Congratulations on the successful completion of sea trial for DDG 118. Meeting this challenge, as well as attaining the goals established for 2020, is a testament to the hard work and dedication of all BIW employees and Local S6 members. Related: Post-delivery work on 118 will be done at BIW.
  • For 2021, the workload will continue to grow. Currently we are working on 8 ships in the yard. By the end of 2021, we will deliver 2 ships, launch 2 ships, and get 2 ships through pre-outfit. As we did successfully last year, a number of goals will need to be met. These goals include:
    • Delivery of DDG 118
    • Getting DDG 1002 to Trials (First 6 Months)
    • Delivery of DDG 1002 (Second 6 Months)
    • DDG 120 ALO (First 6 Months)
    • Launch DDG 120
    • DDG 124 Keel (First 6 Months)
    • Launch DDG 122
    • Raising Pre outfit to 1.8 ships/year in the first 6 Months and to 2.0 by the end of 2021
    • Hiring to reach a staffing level of 6,000 manufacturing employees by the end of 2021

Beginning next week, the Committee will be monitoring and updating the workforce on the progress of these goals on a weekly basis.

  • Hiring continues at a brisk rate. We are currently at 4,130 employees. The target for hiring by the end 2021 is 6,000 total manufacturing employees. The Union and Management continue to work together on a number staffing and hiring issues. Subcontractors from IMIA have left the shipyard.
  • The committee continued its discussion surrounding the current training for new employees with the goal of improving the training program.
  • As part of the Committee’s ongoing efforts to improve communication at all levels of the labor-management relationship, senior management reported on their meetings with direct supervisors where they encouraged the direct supervisors to maintain cooperative working relationships with the union representatives.
  • Substantial progress continues to be made addressing grievances and arbitrations. This includes new pre-grievance discussions on a number of issues that resulted in settlements. This work will continue.
  • A number of equipment and operational suggestions and issues presented by the Union representatives were discussed and followed up on.
  • Reviewed Key Metrics (Through 12/31/2020):
    • Zero Lates in Fab
      • Lates at Outfit Fab increased slightly but remain relatively stable. Structural Fab lates improved, driving to 0 lates. Considering the holiday season, this is positive news.
    • Preoutfit to 1.5 Ship per year
      • Preoutfit shipbuilding velocity has slipped to 1.14 ships per year. This is behind the recovery plan to get to 1.5.
    • DDG 118 to Trials
      • Successfully completed first trial.

Together, On Time, Every Time and Bath Built is Best Built

Bath Iron Works has a decades’ long track record/history of delivering the highest quality, most technologically advanced ships for the U.S. Navy. We have proudly embraced “Bath Built is Best Built” for years to capture the strength of the work of our dedicated shipbuilders.

Recently, we have struggled with schedule challenges that have threatened the longevity of the shipyard. However, since the end of the Local S6 strike last summer, through the commitment of BIW employees, The Union and Management, we have made tremendous strides towards schedule recovery. That collaborative effort is embodied in the slogan “Together, On Time, Every Time,” which we have used in many of our communications. This language is intended to instill pride in our collective efforts to get back on schedule in producing ships for the U.S. Navy.

Bath Iron Works learned of the negative feedback surrounding the recent sweatshirts and engaged with the Union over the issue. After hearing your viewpoints and concerns, Bath Iron Works would like to formally state that this slogan is in no way intended to reference subcontractors. BIW employees, both union and management, are applauded for their commitment to schedule recovery and the long-term success of the shipyard.

BIW management is working hard to hire and train enough workers to meet our production needs so that we can phase out the use of subcontractors. While the subcontractors’ temporary engagement has been helpful in our short-term success, our long-term goal is to hire and phase out subcontractors as fast as possible. It is only through our dedication to “Together, On Time, Every Time” that we will be able to continue our long tradition of delivering the ships that demonstrate “Bath Built is Best Built”.

December 17, 2020 Statement of the Joint Schedule Recovery Committee

The Joint Schedule Recovery Committee met today with the support of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.

Representatives of BIW and Local S6 continued discussions on a number of ongoing operational issues throughout the shipyard.

  • Congratulations and Thank You to all BIW employees and Local S6 members for the hard work that lead to the DDG 118 heading to sea trials. In the face of all the adversity this year, this is a major accomplishment for which we all should be proud.
  • Due to the rising COVID caseloads it is critically important that all employees maintain distance when possible and wear face coverings. This simple step is for the protection of everyone and their families.
  • Since implementation of the Weekend OT provisions of the new contract, representatives of management and the union continue to discuss and monitor the situation and additional follow-up meetings will be scheduled if needed to discuss and mutually resolve any additional issues that may arise.
  • Hiring continues at a brisk rate. We met our goal of 4,063 employees for 2020. We are currently at 4,101 employees. The target for hiring by the end 2021 is 6,000 total employees. The Union and Management continue to work together on a number staffing and hiring issues.
  • The committee continued its discussion surrounding the current training for new employees with the goal of improving the training program.
  • The Committee discussed a number of ideas to improve communication at all levels of the labor-management relationship.
  • Substantial progress continues to be made addressing grievances and arbitrations. This includes new pre-grievance discussions on a number of issues that resulted in settlements. This work will continue.
  • A number of equipment and operational suggestions and issues presented by the Union representatives were discussed and followed up on.
  • Reviewed the metrics related to the Committee’s identified goals to be met this year:
    • 0 Lates in Fab
      • Lates at Outfit Fab improved slightly but remained relatively stable from last week. Structural Fab continues to focus on driving to 0 lates. The overall picture remains trending towards achieving our goal. The good news is that Fab is not holding anything up and is, in fact, looking to ramp up.
    • Preoutfit to 1.5 Ship per year
      • Preoutfit shipbuilding velocity increased to 1.36 ships per year. While this is behind the recovery plan to get to 1.5, this is significant improvement and we remain in position to meet the goal of 1.5 ships per year.
    • DDG 118 to Trials
      • Ship is at Trials!

December 1, 2020 Statement of the Joint Schedule Recovery Committee

The Joint Schedule Recovery Committee met today with the support of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.

Representatives of BIW and Local S6 continued discussions on a number of ongoing operational issues throughout the shipyard.

  • Due to the rising COVID caseloads it is critically important that all employees maintain distance when possible and wear face coverings. This simple step is for the protection of everyone and their families.
  • Since implementation of the Weekend OT provisions of the new contract, representatives of management and the union continue to discuss and monitor the situation and additional follow-up meetings will be scheduled if needed to discuss and mutually resolve any additional issues that may arise.
  • Hiring continues at a brisk rate. 800 people have been hired this year. There are approximately 600 new hires in the pipeline. This effort will continue for the next two years. The Union and Management continue to work together on a number staffing and hiring issues.
  • The committee continued its discussion surrounding the current training for new employees with the goal of improving the training program.
  • The collaboration at the Work Leader/Steward level have yielded positive results and these discussions continue to expand.
  • Substantial progress continues to be made addressing grievances and arbitrations. This work will continue.
  • A number of equipment and operational suggestions and issues presented by the Union representatives were discussed and followed up on.
  • Reviewed the metrics related to the Committee’s identified goals to be met this year:
    • Zero Lates in Fab
      • Lates at Outfit Fab improved slightly but remained relatively stable from last week. Structural Fab improved. The overall picture remains trending towards achieving our goal. Staffing remains an issue in this area.
    • Preoutfit to 1.5 Ship per year
      • Preoutfit shipbuilding velocity remained relatively stable from last week to 1.32 ships per year, while this is behind the recovery plan to get to 1.5 by the end of the year. We remain in position to meet the goals.
    • DDG 118 to Trials
      • Construction and testing continues on a pace to support the December trials. The work this week will focus on completing GIs prior to sea trials.

November 19, 2020 Statement of the Joint Schedule Recovery Committee

The Joint Schedule Recovery Committee met today with the support of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.

Representatives of BIW and Local S6 continued discussions on a number of ongoing operational issues throughout the shipyard.

  • Due to the rising COVID caseloads it is critically important that all employees maintain distance when possible and wear face coverings. This simple step is for the protection of everyone and their families.
  • Implementation of the Weekend OT provisions within the new contract has been in place for two weekends. Representatives of management and the union met in follow-up discussions and addressed/resolved a number of issues. Additional follow-up meetings will be scheduled if needed to discuss and mutually resolve any additional issues that may arise.
  • The MOA for the creation of the Expediter Position has been signed and potential candidates are being offered by members of management.
  • UPDATE Since the end of the work stoppage, BIW has hired over 300 new mechanics and has about 600 more currently going through the hiring process. This hiring and training effort will continue for the next two years. The Union and Management are working jointly on a number of joint hiring endeavors.
  • The committee has begun work on reviewing the current training for new employees and is working together to improve the training program.
  • The collaboration at the Work Leader/Steward level has yielded positive results and these discussions continue to expand.
  • Substantial progress continues to be made at addressing grievances and arbitrations. This work will continue.
  • Reviewed the metrics related to the Committee’s identified goals to be met this year:
    • Zero Lates in Fab
      • Lates at Outfit Fab remained relatively stable from last week. Structural Fab lates showed an uptick. The overall picture remains trending towards achieving our goal. Staffing is an issue.
    • Preoutfit to 1.5 Ship per year
      • Preoutfit shipbuilding velocity increased from last week to 1.31 ships per year. While this is behind the recovery plan to get to 1.5 by the end of the year, we remain in position to meet the goals.
    • DDG 118 to Trials
      • Construction and testing continues on a pace to support the December trials. Piping problems were solved as employees stepped up to address the problem. Kudos to all involved. The work this week will focus on working cooperatively to manage completing remaining compartments and GIs prior to sea trials.
  • The parties continue to discuss possible MOAs to assist in schedule recovery to alleviate the future need for subcontracting.
  • The parties have agreed to extended weekend overtime hours in the P10 classification to help recover schedule.

November 12, 2020 Statement of the Joint Schedule Recovery Committee

The Joint Schedule Recovery Committee met today with the support of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.

Representatives of BIW and Local S6 continued discussions on a number of ongoing operational issues throughout the shipyard.

  • Additional agreements on the final Merit Increase Criteria have been completed.
  • Implementation of the Weekend OT provisions of the new contract has begun. Representatives of management and the union met in follow-up discussions and addressed/resolved a number of issues. Additional follow-up meetings will be scheduled to discuss and mutually resolve any additional issues that may arise.
  • The committee discussed the potential benefits of creating an expeditor position and are currently negotiating an MOA for a trial period to establish an expeditor position to aid in schedule recovery.
  • Since the end of the work stoppage, BIW has hired over 300 new mechanics and has about 600 more currently going through the hiring process. This hiring and training effort will continue for the next two years. Even with this effort BIW is projecting to deliver DDG 126 (the first Flight III ship) late to contract requirements.  The Navy has told BIW it is critical to deliver DDG 126 on schedule, so BIW is taking actions to significantly increase hiring and onboarding rates.
  • The committee agreed to jointly review the current training for new employees and work together to improve the training program.
  • Increased collaboration at the Work Leader/Steward level have yielded positive results and these discussions are being expanded.
  • Substantial progress continues to be made addressing grievances and arbitrations. This work will continue.
  • A number of equipment and operational suggestions and issues presented by the Union representatives were discussed and followed up on.
  • The Union is contacting former employees in hopes of helping address our current manning shortages.
  • The parties are negotiating an MOA for specialized welding products to address some aluminum welding concerns.
  • Reviewed the metrics related to the Committee’s identified goals to be met this year:
    • Zero Lates in Fab
      • Lates at Outfit Fab remained relatively stable from last week. Structural Fab lates showed an uptick. The overall picture remains trending towards achieving our goal.
    • Preoutfit to 1.5 Ships per year
      • Preoutfit shipbuilding velocity decreased from last week to 1.2 ships per year. While this is behind the recovery plan to get to 1.5 by the end of the year, we remain in position to meet the goals with additional hiring and improved efficiency.
    • DDG 118 to Trials
      • Construction continues on a pace to support the December trials, and testing progress continues to improve. The work this week will focus on completing remaining compartments in the lower decks and completing GIs prior to sea trials.

November 5, 2020 Statement of the Joint Schedule Recovery Committee

The Joint Schedule Recovery Committee met today with the support of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.

Representatives of BIW and Local S6 continued discussions on a number of ongoing operational issues throughout the shipyard.

  • Additional agreements on the final Merit Increase Criteria has been reached verbally and are awaiting signature.
  • Increased collaboration and the Work Leader/Steward level have yielded positive results in the P-10 area. It is hoped that this program can be expanded to other areas.
  • Substantial progress continues to be made addressing grievances and arbitrations. This work will continue.
  • A number of equipment and operational suggestions and issues presented by the Union representatives were discussed and followed up on.
  • Reviewed the metrics related to the Committee’s identified goals to be met this year:
    • Zero Lates in Fab
      • Lates at Outfit Fab remained relatively stable from last week. Structural Fab lates showed an uptick. The parties are jointly visiting the area to explore the root causes of this to get back on track to reach 0 lates in November.
    • Preoutfit to 1.5 Ship per year
      • Preoutfit shipbuilding velocity improved from last week to 1.3 ships per year, while this is behind the recovery plan to get to 1.5 by the end of the year, the overall trend is up since the beginning of September and so we have opportunity to achieve the goals.
      • Construction continues on a pace to support the December trials, and testing progress is improving.DDG 118 to Trials

An Important Message from FMCS


October 22, 2020 Statement of the Joint Schedule Recovery Committee

The Joint Schedule Recovery Committee met today with the support of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.

Representatives of BIW and Local S6 continued discussions on a number of ongoing operational issues throughout the shipyard.

  • Progress is being made addressing the outstanding grievances and arbitrations. This work will continue
  • Work on the Merit Increase Criteria is almost completed at this time. Management and the Union are pushing to get the remaining groups completed.
  • A meeting was held to discuss the Weekend OT provisions of the new contract. A number of clarifications were agreed to and training has begun for Stewards and Supervisors. Implementation of this provision will begin when training is complete. Following implementation, additional meetings will be scheduled to mutually resolve any issues that arise.
  • The Committee is aware of vandalism and property damage occurring within the shipyard. These actions do nothing to improve schedule recovery and, in fact, may slow it down. The Committee asks all to remain focused on the tasks necessary to meet the challenges of recovering schedule.
  • A number of equipment and operational suggestions and issues presented by the Union representatives were discussed and followed up on. More details on Union and Employee suggestions are provided below.
  • Reviewed the metrics related to the Committee’s identified goals to be met this year:
    • Zero Lates in Fab
      • Lates at Outfit Fab did not reduce from last week. Structural Fab continues to make progress at the rate required to reach 0 lates in November.
    • Preoutfit to 1.5 Ships per year
      • Preoutfit shipbuilding velocity increased to 1.4 ships per year, which is just ahead of the recovery plan to get to 1.5 by the end of the year.  Great Work!
    • DDG 118 to Trials
      • Construction continues on a pace to support the December trials, and testing progress is improving.  The team also completed a successful VLS interim certification with positive performance compared to other re-start ships.

The Committee reviewed the progress on DDG 1002, DDG 120, and DDG 122.

Thank you all for wearing face coverings.

The Committee recognizes the cooperative efforts by many individuals, both Union and Management, who are working hard to make to meet these goals.

The Committee appreciates the feedback that you are sharing, and wants you to know that your concerns and ideas are being taken seriously.  Some examples of specific issues that have been raised and have been worked on are listed below.

  • Weld and plasma tips have been restocked in the tool cribs.
  • Over 100 grievances have been resolved, which is a significant accomplishment.
  • Completed a joint plan to make better use of weekend overtime hours on exterior painting.

These may not be totally solved yet, but the Committee feels that progress is being made in a positive direction and encourages you to continue to come forward with your ideas and suggestions.


October 15, 2020 Statement of the Joint Schedule Recovery Committee

The Joint Schedule Recovery Committee met today with the support of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.

Representatives of BIW and Local S6 continued discussions on a number of ongoing operational issues throughout the shipyard.

  • Meetings are scheduled to begin to address the outstanding grievances and arbitrations.
  • Work on the Merit Increase Criteria is almost completed at this time. Management and the Union are pushing to get the remaining groups completed.
  • A meeting has been scheduled to discuss the Weekend OT provisions of the new contract. Implementation of this provision has been delayed pending these discussions and training.
  • A number of equipment and operational suggestions and issues presented by the Union representatives were discussed and followed up on. More details on Union and Employee suggestions are provided below.
  • The Management and Union worked together to develop a detailed plan to paint Hull 521 Combat Spaces. This plan will increase the likelihood of meeting the ALO Schedule.
  • Hiring continues. Due to attrition, however, we are not able to grow fast enough. The Committee discussed various way to increase the hiring rate and the union and management have agreed to work jointly on a training approach that allows faster hiring.
  • Reviewed the metrics related to the Committee’s identified goals to be met this year:
    • Zero Lates in Fab
      • Outfit Fab did not reduce lates last week. Structural Fab continues to make progress at the rate required to reach 0 lates in November.
    • Preoutfit to 1.5 Ships per year
      • Preoutfit Velocity increased to 1.2 which is on schedule with the recovery plan. The plan increases to 1.3 next week. The committee continues to recognize the extraordinary efforts put forth to achieve our goals.
    • DDG 118 to Trials
      • Another positive week on 118. Remaining Tests and Remaining Compartments continue to trend positively. Successfully completing Remaining Tests is dependent on completing compartments on schedule.
  • The Committee reviewed the progress on DDG 1002 and DDG 120. These will be focus areas in the coming weeks as they are behind schedule also.

The Committee appreciates the feedback that you are sharing, and wants you to know that your concerns and ideas are being taken seriously.  Some examples of specific issues that have been raised and have been worked on are listed below.  These may not be totally solved yet, but the Committee feels that progress is being made in a positive direction and encourages you to continue to come forward with your ideas and suggestions.

  • No-Paint mark-ups and masking – audits are being conducted to ensure completion prior to spraying units in the paint buildings.
  • Shape cutting at Structural Fabrication – assigned a Work Leader in the shape shop to improve material flow.
  • Masker emitter belt hole patterns – introduced markings on parts so that installation in pre-outfit is correct, and plan to jointly review Hull 523 installation early in the process.
  • Probationary employee process – agreement that Company and Union are interested in giving new employees fair opportunities to improve performance if they get a poor evaluation.

A number of other issues provided by employees are still being worked and will be reported on in the future. Again, we encourage all employees to bring forward ideas and suggestions.

The Committee recognizes the cooperative efforts by many individuals, both Union and Management, who are working hard to meet these goals.


October 8, 2020 Statement of the Joint Schedule Recovery Committee

The Joint Schedule Recovery Committee met today with the support of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.

Representatives of BIW and Local S6 continued discussions on a number of ongoing operational issues throughout the shipyard.

  • Completed the EO2 Specialist MOA
  • The Committee agreed to ongoing discussions to address the outstanding grievances.
  • A number of equipment and operational suggestions and issues presented by the Union representatives were discussed and will be followed up on.
  • Work on the Merit Increase Criteria is relatively close to being completed. Management and the Union agreed to push to get this completed in the next week.
  • Implementation of the new Weekend OT provisions will be delayed until the end of the month to allow for further discussions between the parties and training.
  • Hiring continues, however we are not growing fast enough. The Committee will focus energy on this topic over the next week.
  • Reviewed the metrics related to the Committee’s identified goals to be met this year:
    • Zero Lates in Fab
      • Progress continues to be made in this area. There is a continued focused effort on getting remaining lates and preventing new lates in Outfit Fab. Good progress is being made in Structural Fab. We need to be aware, however, that demand in Structural Fab and Outfit Fab will increase in October and November.
    • Preoutfit to 1.5 Ship per year
      • Both Shipbuilding Velocity and Preoutfit Velocity have dropped slightly. The committee recognizes the extraordinary efforts put forth to achieve our goals. We will continue to review all options to ensure our future success.
    • DDG 118 to Trials
      • Exterior paint is an area that has become a challenge to everyone involved due to changing weather, shorter days, and a combination of new mechanics and supervision. Our experienced mechanics are needed more than ever to overcome these obstacles.
      • Decent progress is being made on GIs.
      • Remaining Tests are seeing some positive momentum. Successfully completing Remaining Tests is dependent on completing compartments on schedule.

Thank you all for wearing face coverings.

The Committee recognizes the cooperative efforts by many individuals, both Union and Management, who are working hard to meet these goals.

Please continue to bring forward to the Committee any suggestions or concerns that can help in recovering schedule. Please pass any information along to your supervisor or shop steward.


September 24, 2020 Statement of the Joint Schedule Recovery Committee

The Joint Schedule Recovery Committee met today with the support of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.

Representatives of BIW and Local S6 exchanged information and had good discussions on a number of ongoing operational issues throughout the shipyard.

  • The Committee reported that the discussions surrounding Crane Operator Hiring and Training has made good progress with an MOA being signed. All Committee members agree this is a priority item.
  • Regular meetings between Stewards and Superintendents continue in most trades. Progress is being made in those discussions including Merit Increase Criteria. The Committee will continue to monitor the work of these meetings.
  • Hiring is on track to meet the goal of 600 new hires this year.
  • Reviewed the metrics related to the Committee’s identified goals to be met this year:
    • Zero Lates in Fab
      • Excellent progress is being made in this area.
    • Preoutfit to 1.5 Ships per year
      • Shipbuilding Velocity and Preoutfit Velocity is steadily improving. Continued progress relies on fabrication achieving the Goal of Zero Lates and increasing staffing in Preoutfit.
    • DDG 118 to Trials
      • We are behind in compartments as we focus on completing the exterior and machinery spaces. More painters will be assigned to increase our ability to complete more compartments. The committee also discussed ways to improve processes and training. Both Management and Union Representatives will be looking further into these issues and providing feedback at the next meeting.
      • Successfully completing Remaining Tests is dependent on completing compartments on schedule.

Meeting these goals requires all of us to work together. The Committee strongly encourages employees to bring forward to the Committee any suggestions or concerns that can help in recovering schedule. Please pass any information along to your supervisor or shop steward.

The Committee looks forward to continuing its cooperative work to improve schedule performance as well as ensuring the smooth transition of the new collective bargaining agreement.


September 16, 2020 Statement of the Joint Schedule Recovery Committee

The Joint Schedule Recovery Committee met today with the support of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.

Representatives of BIW and Local S6 worked on a number of topics including:

  • Union Representatives reported on additional observations in the Assembly Building and Structural Fabrication. Management reported on their work from last week’s observations and will follow-up on the suggestions made by the Union Representatives this week.
  • The Committee was updated on the separate group discussion surrounding Crane Operator Hiring and Training. Good progress was made, and additional discussions will need to be held in the separate group and reported back. All Committee members agree this is a priority item and a path forward must be found.
  • Discussed the situation surrounding the loss of Co2 at Structural Fabrication. Management is addressing the issue.
  • Regular meetings between Stewards and Superintendents have started in most trades. The Committee has put out the topics to be discussed in these meetings and will be monitoring the work of these meetings.
  • Reviewed the metrics related to the Committee’s identified goals to be met this year:
    • 0 Lates in Fab
    • Preoutfit to 1.5 Ship per year
    • DDG 118 to Trials

The Committee looks forward to continuing its cooperative work to improve schedule performance as well as ensuring smooth transition of the new collective bargaining agreement.


September 10, 2020 Statement of the Joint Schedule Recovery Committee

The Joint Schedule Recovery Committee met today with the support of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.

Representatives of BIW and Local S6 had good discussion on a number of topics including:

  • Union Representatives reported back on their findings with regard to Assembly Building and Structural Fabrication.
  • Issues surrounding Crane Operator Hiring and Training. Further discussions to be held in a separate group and report back to this committee.
  • Improving communication between Stewards and Superintendents. Including Work Leader Assignments and Training.
  • Identified Specific Goals to be met this year
    • 0 Lates in Fab
    • Pre-Outfit to 1.5 Ships per year
    • DDG 118 to Trials

The Committee looks forward to continuing its cooperative work to improve schedule performance as well as ensuring smooth transition of the new collective bargaining agreement.


September 2, 2020 Statement of the Joint Schedule Recovery Committee

The Joint Schedule Recovery Committee met today with the support of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.

Representatives of BIW and Local S6 had good discussion on a number of topics including:

  • Finalized language and executed a Charter for the Committee’s work.
  • Executed MOAs to address Code 14’s during Christmas Shutdown and Sand Blasting.
  • To assist in hiring, Union members/Tradesmen will be attending Recruiting Events going forward.
  • Committee members exchanged information relevant to ongoing operations in the Yard.
  • Reviewed Metrics relating to Throughput and DDG 51 Program Schedule

The Committee looks forward to continuing its cooperative work to improve schedule performance as well as ensuring smooth transition of the new collective bargaining agreement.


August 28, 2020 Statement of the Joint Schedule Recovery Committee

The Joint Schedule Recovery Committee, established as part of the new collective bargaining agreement, met for our first meeting today with the support of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.

In addition to the members of the committee, Local S6 President Chris Wiers and BIW President Dirk Lesko attended to express their commitment to the work of this committee.

Representatives of BIW and Local S6 had good discussion on a number of topics including:

  • Initial development of a Charter
  • Reached Mutual Agreement on the Topics the Committee is to address
  • Exchanged information that will improve Communication going forward
  • Agreed to meeting schedule going forward

The Committee looks forward to working together to improve schedule performance, and work cooperatively to insure smooth transition of the new collective bargaining agreement.