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

Eblast March 25, 2020


At a time when patience is thinner than a potato chip and bad news shows up like an unwelcome guest, the shipyard, the Local 8888 office and the Newport News area got blindsided by a power outage yesterday. Eventually, power was restored, but the disruption added another layer of stress to an already stressful situation.

Eblast March 19, 2020


Eblast March 20, 2020

COVID-19 UPDATE: Union Hours of Operation and Activities Modified

In response to federal guidelines to halt the spread of the deadly COVID-19 virus, Local 8888 has modified the hours of operation at the union hall, beginning Monday, March 23, 2020. In an effort to continue to serve our members in the safest possible manner, Local 8888 officers, staff and reps will mostly work remotely and practice social distancing.

The Local 8888 office schedule through mid-April follows:

 Eblast April 3, 2020

New Liberal Leave Policy and Economic Relief -- With A Union Assist

The final design work on the new Mary Jackson Neighborhood Center is complete and bidding on construction of the center will begin soon. It will replace the original Olde Hampton Neighborhood Center. The new center named for Ms. Jackson will feature a full-size gymnasium, a kitchen, meeting rooms, open spaces, and parking. A well-attended neighborhood meeting was held and neighborhood stakeholders gave their approval of the building design.

Uncertainty has been at the center of this strange experience. But Local 8888 President Charles Spivey has been in the company’s ear constantly – raising questions about safety in the yard, complaints about the liberal leave policy and growing economic jitters. He participated in a conference call with Senator Mark Warner and sent him a list of questions from folks in the shipyard to ask company officials whenever they met.