Ingalls Workers Won't Lose Their Jobs, But Will Be Reassigned

Twelve-hundred Ingalls employees came back to the shipyard Thursday to find out they still had jobs, but major changes were coming.

"People are always affected when you move them from one job to another," Mike Crawley said. "We hope there will be just a small effect on them."

Five hundred long-time employees will be reassigned in Pascagoula. But for 700 hundred others, their jobs will be shifted to Gulfport or New Orleans.

But some workers are choosing the layoffs over reassignment. Some workers say they can't travel all the way to Louisiana to work. Ingalls is providing transportation, but those going to work at Avondale shipyard in New Orleans will have a very long bus ride ahead of them.

"They said we had to be at Ingalls at 3:30 a.m. to catch the bus, and be 7 o'clock when we get back. I'm already coming two hours now. So it wasn't a good deal for me," Alabama resident Linda Armstead said.

Northrop Grumman's president of shipbuilding says these changes are a temporary fix to the problem, and he's asking employees to be patient as the company works through this.

By Ken Flanagan

Online Producer Glenn Cummins