The offer of unpaid leave made by BIW, a subsidiary of General Dynamics, the U.S.’s fifth-largest defense contractor, was immediately condemned on social media.
“BIW’s parent company made $3.5 billion in 2019,” James Myall, a policy analyst for the Maine Center for Economic Policy, tweeted in response to the announcement. “The yard gets up to $3 million in tax breaks from the state and more from the City of Bath. And the best they can do is offer their workers *unpaid* leave??”