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Cell Phone Policy at Austal

Yesterday, 16 of your coworkers hand delivered a petition to human resources in Final Assembly asking that Austal reconsider its cell phone policy. "We believe this new communication policy should be re-evaluated and modified to create a safer, more productive work environment," the petition read.

Petitioners pointed out that the new policy puts workers in potential danger and asked that it be reconsidered:

"For many of us, our daily job tasks at Austal frequently require us to be in potentially dangerous areas alone for extended hours. Prior to the revised policy, if an injury occurred a cell phone would be our only means of alerting someone to our situation. Therefore, we request that: (1) Workers in isolated areas are always paired with a co-worker; or (2) Workers are equipped with a radio at all times while in isolated work areas."

See the full text of the letter:

Dear Human Resources Management;

Based on conversations with numerous co-workers, we, the undersigned employees of Austal wish to bring to your attention our concerns regarding the recently revised cell phone policy at Austal. We believe this new communication policy should be re-evaluated and modified to create a safer, more productive work environment.

As world-class shipbuilders, we understand and share Austal's concern about cell phone usage. We do not want cell phone use to distract workers and hinder production. We also agree with the need for enhanced security precausions to protect sensitive information and valuable trade secrets regarding U.S. Navy ships. While we agree that personal cell phone use should not be permitted during work hours, the recent enforcement of a no cell phone usage policy has brought to light many concerns about safety and productivity.

For many of us, our daily job tasks at Austal frequently require us to be in potentially dangerous areas alone for extended hours. Prior to the revised policy, if an injury occured a cell phone would be our only means of alerting someone to our situation. Therefore, we request that: (1) Workers in isolated areas are always paired with a co-worker; or (2) Supervisors and employees are equipped with a radio while in separate work areas.

We want Austal to be a safe and productive shipyard. The current communications policy and lack thereof make Austal unsafe and less productive. We urgently request a meeting with management to discuss and resolve these concerns.

Sincerely;

Joey Hughes

Warren Morgan

Hanoi Gonzalez

Joe Jalbert

Martin Jones

Charles Harmon

Mike Gregory

Chey Riley

Theopolis T. Jackson

Antonio Riddle

Shannon Roberts

Reginald D. Crosby, Jr.

Vickie Horton

Terry Wasdin

Brandon Eager

Scott Wagner


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