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Shipyardworkers file labor charge

The Planners-Estimators, Progressmen and Schedulers Local 6, which represents workers in the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, has filed an unfair labor practice charge against shipyard management.

The charge stems from position description changes made to inspectors and test directors when crane activities at Bangor and the shipyard were merged.

Under the changes that were implemented on Dec. 13, 30 positions at the shipyard were downgraded to streamline rating.

The union has been working with management since April to formulate accurate job descriptions for each of the disputed positions, said Holly McCoy, PEPS Local 6 vice president.

“They first talked about this in the middle of October and we immediately informed that we wanted to bargain,” she said.

After numerous attempts to arrange meetings with management, which were often set with less than 24 hours notice, a meeting was finally conducted on Dec. 12, one day before the changes were implemented.

“During our first meeting they said there were things they were going to look at and see about possibly changing,” she said. “We had a meeting set for Dec. 15 but it

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