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It's Day Two Of The Strike For Workers At The Northrop Grumman Shipyard In Pascagoula

Carolyn Stennis is a 37-year employee at Northrop Grumman. She says this strike isn't just about adding more money to her paycheck.

"This will probably be my last contract, and we're here for the younger generation, I am.  Because, we're trying to let them know that this is their future.  If they don't fight for it now, they're not going to have anything when we're gone," says Stennis, worker.

She, like others, say they're sacrificing a lot, but it's a sacrifice they say they can't afford not to make.

"Most of the people that's out here really can't afford to be out here. But, we're out here because we know we have a cause to fight for.  Asking is not going to do any good. We tried that, so you're going to have to fight for it and stand strong," says Stennis, worker.

"We're happy to be here, all of us are. But we need more money," says Bill Dement, worker.

"I'd like to see another $1.00 or $1.50.  We ain't playing now. We went on strike for a reason, and we expect to get what we want before going back to work," says Joe Hembree, worker.

Many workers say more pay would be one sign the company appreciates what they do.

"We're not fighting the company because they're the enemy, what hurts us so bad is when we come back home, we're worth a few dollars," says Stennis, worker.

For Stennis, it's hurricane Katrina that has given her a stronger sense of just how much or how long she and others can endure their hold out.

"Katrina should have taught us something that we can go through any crisis if you can go through Katrina. If we stick together and stand strong that's what it's going to take," says Stennis, worker.

Northrop Grumman says they're operating on a day to day basis and at this time and no further negotiations are under way.

By Krystal Allan

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