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Voices from the Shipyard

Longtime Austal employees that are very experienced have been leaving. In this video, Raymond talks about why he left, and what he thinks needs to happen at Austal.

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We want to take this opportunity to wish each of our fellow Austal co-workers and friends a very safe and happy holiday season. There has been a lot progress made in 2013 to get union representation at Austal, but we still have work to be done. Safety, productivity, consistent work schedules, opportunities for growth, discrimination – all of these issues continue without resolution from the company. We need some type of feedback, whether it’s positive or negative. Over 40 of our co-workers have signed petitions in the past month and delivered to the company with no response. Austal says they have an open-door policy – that we have a voice here – tell us your problems and let’s work together to fix them – so we came with two petitions and we haven’t heard anything from either.

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I have been a journeyman pipefitter in the shipbuilding industry for 28 years. I worked in Final Assembly at Austal for six years responsible for testing and preparing the ship pipe systems including the main propulsion, gray water and hydraulic.

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“Whoever’s gonna do the evaluation needs to be someone that’s with you every day,” says Class-A Welder Ed Daniel. Daniel, who works in Fabrication at Austal signed a petition to Don Keeler and the Human Resources Department that asks for the company to standardize the evaluation procedure. 

 

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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."

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"They [the union] cared enough to help me out," said Anthony Cummings, about his on the job injury. "Whereas Austal didn't, they just wanted to shove me out the door."

If you, like Anthony, have suffered from an injury, including repetitive motion injuries that you believe is a direct result of your job, call your Mobile Metal Trades for assistance – (251) 434-8254. You can also find valuable information on the website www.AustalWorkers.com and our Facebook page.

Meet Joseph Jalbert, an electrician at Austal USA. In this interview Joseph discusses what a union means to him and more!

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Aqui esta Osvaldo, un obrero del astillero en Austal.

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Phone: 251-434-8254

Meet Warren Morgan, a ship-fitter at Austal USA. In this interview Warren discusses the promotion process, safety, schedule management and more! Read more >>>

Meet Shannon Roberts, a pipe-fitter at Austal USA Shipyard in Mobile, AL. In this video we discuss safety at Austal, and how Austal deals with injuries on the job. Shannon was hurt on the job and Austal's response was to shove him into a taxi instead of sending for an ambulance. He has a message for any Austal workers who might feel afraid to form a union. Read more >>>

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