PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) – Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding is switching back to a five day workweek at all its Gulf Coast shipyards. The new schedule begins on May 31.
The change means that instead of working 10 hours a day, shipyard workers will now be on the job just eight hours a day.
"Changing our work schedule to five-day weeks enables us to work safer, build better quality ships and it is another step we need to make toward meeting our cost and schedule commitments," said Irwin F. Edenzon, vice president and general manager, Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding-Gulf Coast. "I am confident this change will improve our performance on current programs and allow us to be more successful in pursuing future contracts."
Edenzon sent a message to all Gulf Coast employees today explaining the reasons the company will return to the five-day workweek. In the message, he noted that future details, such as shift times, would be communicated in the weeks ahead.
"We understand the potential impact that changing the work schedule may have on our shipbuilders, their families and the surrounding communities," said Edenzon. "We hope this advanced notice will enable families, local businesses and other service providers to make an easier transition."
Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding-Gulf Coast facilities are located in Gulfport and Pascagoula, Mississippi as well as Avondale and Tallulah, Louisiana.
WLOX News will have more on the Northrop Grumman schedule change later today on WLOX News and WLOX.com.
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