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Kittery Shipyard Union Leaders Blast Congress for Furloughs

Union workers at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard say Congress kicked the can down the road, leaving them vulnerable to more furloughs in the near future.

Union leaders at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard today blasted Congress for the forced furloughs that have finally ended. Some three dozen workers carrying signs flanked their leadership during a rally at Prescott Park in Portsmouth, NH, across from the shipyard.

National Metal Trades Council President Ron Ault, based in Washington, pointed out that the angst over furloughs isn't over. "Well, we kicked the can down the road three months. We have this to look forward to in three months," Ault said.

Local Union President Paul O'Connor said that future furloughs are almost assured, due to budget sequestration actions by Congress. Some 2,000 of the 6,000-member civilian work force faced furloughs for as long as two weeks during the recent partial federal government shutdown.

This story was written and reported by Roger Wood.


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