AVONDALE, La, September 26, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII) today announced that members of the Nomtc (New Orleans Metal Trade Trade Council) and the Metal Trades Department (MTD) have approved a new collective agreement with the Avondale subsidiary. “We welcome the ratification of the collective agreement by Metal Trades Council members,” said Chris Kastner, Vice President of Business and General Manager of Business Development at HII. “This collaboration between management and work is another example of how we continue to work together to provide the best opportunities for our employees, while allowing Avondale to better compete with future orders in the commercial market.” The new contract, which runs from January 6, 2014 to January 6, 2019, includes a set of salaries and benefits that is expected to be competitive in the commercial industry in which Avondale will work in the future. Union management, represented by MTD President Ron Ault, issued a statement: “Avondale, MTD and NOMTC are pleased that our negotiated proposal for a new collective agreement has been ratified by our members. We have collaborated on this agreement and will assist Avondale in its efforts to acquire work in the commercial energy market. If the company fails to find work for Avondale in the commercial market, as announced in 2010, the facility will close. Avondale celebrates 75 years of excellence and has many years of experience in modular engineering and construction. The company is able to carry out a wide range of commercial industrial projects based on the passage of shipbuilding and lateral execution of these techniques on other manufacturing projects. Avondale offers unique facilities, talented and experienced employees and 30 years of modular skills, all strategically located in the Gulf of Mexico region and with access to ports around the world and 33 countries through the Mississippi River System. AG2009/22418 s.185 – CfMEU-Construction and General Division, Queensland Builders Labourers Divisional Bran – Harrison C – July 29 The Fair Work Commission can also assist employers and workers who undertake and negotiate with their New Approaches program.