|From:||Lenny Siegel <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Date:||31 May 2005 16:18:42 -0000|
|Subject:||[CPEO-IRF] Massive union job losses at Portsmouth (ME) shipyard|
While the impending closure of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard would slash
the number of highly paid, unionized blue-collar jobs in the Maine-New
Hampshire area, the problem is more general. Such Federal jobs are
While the shift of work in other industries - textiles, auto, etc. - from the Northeast to the South has often replaced union jobs with non-union work, Federal blue-collar work is generally unionized throughout the country.
Thus, the lost of union jobs in New England is due to reduced demand for ship construction and maintenance, not the "runaway" from union to non-union areas.
As I have written before, the direct impact on blue-collar workers is the most difficult consequence of base closure to overcome.
Base closure would make victims of unions
By Associated Press
Complete Maine News Index
PORTSMOUTH NAVAL SHIPYARD - Union membership stands to take another major hit if the government succeeds in closing the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.
Unions could lose more than 4,000 members if the shipyard closes. Three major labor organizations covering 2,300 tradespeople, 1,400 engineers and technicians, and 500 secretaries, police officers and other employees would be affected. Average pay at Portsmouth is about $65,000 annually.
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