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Anger builds among unionized workforce at Bath Iron Works
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BATH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Shipbuilders at Bath Iron Works gave the boot more than 10-years ago to a contract providing incentives for shipbuilders to learn tasks outside their area of expertise. Now anger is boiling over again as a new shipyard president tries again to boost efficiency by having workers perform additional tasks, and to try to hire subcontractors for more items.

President Fred Harris has warned the shipbuilder may slash 1,200 jobs if it fails to win a contract to build Coast Guard cutters.

He contends cost-cutting measures are necessary to be competitive for those contracts, which would be the first Coast Guard ships built along the Kennebec River since the 1930s.

Last week, more than 1,000 shipbuilders held a noisy rally at the yard.

Jay Wadleigh is president of Local S6 of the Machinists Union. He says the company would be better off listening to shipbuilders. He says they have the best ideas for saving money.

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