The 1,368 BAE Systems workers who repair and upgrade warships in San Diego have been notified that they’re at risk of being laid off because Congress hasn’t passed a new budget. Lawmakers approved a so-called continuing resolution last year that has kept government going. But it expires on March 27, threatening funding for everything from the Defense Department to the U.S. Postal Service.
The warning notices come four days after the Navy announced that it is considering canceling, deferring or modifying repair work BAE has been scheduled to do at its yards in San Diego, Norfolk, Virginia, Mayport, Florida, and Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. About 2,100 workers at those sites also face possible layoffs.
“Although the Navy advised that this is ‘not a cancellation order but ‘an intent to cancel, we need to act accordingly and issue ‘conditional’ Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act Notices,” BAE Systems Ship Repair President Bill Clifford said in a February 19th email that was sent to all 5,000 of company’s repair employees in the United States.
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