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As A Government Shutdown Loomed, Local 12 Took to Capitol Hill

IFPTE Local 12 members Darci Shapley and Kurt Nordberg visited Capitol Hill this week to inform key lawmakers about the issues impacting their members employed at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, Washington, and to urge Congress to come to an agreement on a spending bill to avert a government shutdown.

Shapley and Nordberg urged Congress to refrain from implementing any more cuts to federal employee benefits, pensions, and pay as a part of any spending deal, or to help pay for the tax cut for the wealthy bill being pushed by the current congressional majority and the Administration.

The group also briefed staff, House members, and Senators on key workforce and workload issues impacting the workers at the Shipyard, including the importance of protecting the work related to the recycling of the USS Enterprise nuclear reactor compartments and radioactive systems. Local 12 reminded lawmakers that any effort to privatize this work is misguided and potentially dangerous as the Puget Sound is the only facility in the United States certified to recycle nuclear ships, completing more than 100 jobs since 1990.

Local 12 was joined on the Hill by IFPTE legislative staff.

January, 2017 – IFPTE 2017 Issue Brief, Key Issue of Importance to Federal Workers in 2017
12/7/2017 – Senate Set to Consider Its ‘Tax Cut for the Wealthy’ Bill (IFPTE)
2/27/2017 – USS Enterprise Reactor Work Up in Air (Kitsap Sun)

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