About Us

In 2003, an independent union—the Shipyard Workers Union—merged with the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, forming Boilermakers Local 1998. Local 1998 represents over 450 employees at NASSCO Shipyard.

Boilermakers in the shipbuilding industry have built some of the finest military, merchant and specialty ships in the world. Our members contributed mightily to the war effort during WWI and WWII.

The Boilermakers union actively supports the Jones Act. Established in 1920 as the Merchant Marine Act, the Jones Act requires that ships transporting goods and passengers between U.S. ports be built in the United States and crewed and owned by U.S. citizens. Thousands of Boilermaker members benefit from the act’s protections.

Read more about Boilermakers and shipbuilding: https://boilermakers.org/about/industries/shipbuilding.