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Today, the soul of Mary Jackson has come home to the community that raised her and later revered her.

February 9, 2021, will be remembered as a milestone for Steelworkers who belong to Local 8888 and a day of honor for a trailblazing Black woman from Hampton.

Members can come to the union hall to sign up for Delta Dental or Aflac on Wednesday and Thursday each week from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. The open enrollment period for both programs ends July 31, 2020.

Local 8888 is partnering with NNS Trades to offer free drive-thru flu shots over the next two weeks at our union hall. For your safety and convenience, this drive-thru event will be held in the parking lot behind our building at 4306 Huntington Ave. in Newport News, VA. The attached leaflet provides the schedule for Nov. 1-2 and Nov. 8-9. Participants must stay in their vehicles and wear a mask.

 We’re Reopening! Free Masks & More!

Slowly but surely, Local 8888’s operations are returning to a “new normal.” Beginning June 15, the union hall will reopen on an appointment-only basis. Members must have arranged a prior appointment to coming to the office. Everyone entering the building will be required to wear a face mask and maintain appropriate social distancing.  Starting June 22, the union will resume full operations, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., while still requiring face masks and social distancing

Speaking of Masks…

Speaking of Masks…

We got you! Now, you can show 8888 pride while practicing safety. Each member can pick up 2 FREE face masks (one reusable and one disposable), beginning June 24 – August 31, 2020. The masks with the Local 8888 USW logo will be distributed each week on Wednesday and Thursday between 8:00 am – 6:00 p.m. So, mask up in safety and 8888 solidarity!

Slowly but surely, Local 8888’s operations are returning to a “new normal.” Beginning June 15, the union hall will reopen on an appointment-only basis. Members must have arranged a prior appointment to coming to the office. Everyone entering the building will be required to wear a face mask and maintain appropriate social distancing.  Starting June 22, the union will resume full operations, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., while still requiring face masks and social distancing

There are some important developments happening in Washington that are good news for Local 8888 members. Hazard pay for shipyard workers is in the Hero Act recently passed by the House of Representatives and sent to the U.S. Senate. The hazard pay measure is included in a $200 billion fund to support premium pay for essential frontline workers in the private sector who are sustaining their communities and the economy during this pandemic.

ANNOUNCEMENT!

Virginia Makes Changes in Unemployment Insurance Program That Can Benefit Shipyard Workers

$600 increase in unemployment benefits

Virginia has made changes in the unemployment insurance program that can make shipyard workers eligible for a $600 increase in benefits. Increased benefits for folks eligible under traditional unemployment insurance will start to be paid as soon as next week. 

Eblast March 12, 2020