Saturday, August 02, 2014

Ahead of Vote, Guam Shipyard President Mathews Pothen Says He Opposes Union Representation

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Guam - Ahead of Wednesday's vote on union representation at the Guam Shipyard, President and CEO Mathews Pothen has released a statement opposing union representation for the shipyard workers. 

The IBEW is vying to represent the employees.

In a statement Pothen says: "Guam Shipyard firmly believes that its employees will not benefit from joining the Union especially during these economic hard times."

"Shipyard employees should expend their monies on their families," says Pothen, rather than union dues.

281 shipyard workers are eligible to vote in the Wednesday election which is being conducted by the National Labor Relations Board.

Last year, the IBEW lost its bid to represent the workers after 114 shipyard workers voted no, with just 73 saying yes to union representation.

READ the release from Guam Shipyard President Mathews Pothen below:

GUAM SHIPYARD OPPOSES UNION REPRESENTATION

APRA HARBOR, GUAM – On May 8, 2013 Guam Shipyard employees will make an important decision for their future either to remain status quo or to be represented by a Union.

"For the past 16 years, Guam Shipyard has supported its employees and treated them as family. Guam Shipyard and its employees have joined together in good and lean times."

"Guam Shipyard firmly believes that its employees will not benefit from joining the Union especially during these economic hard times."

"Shipyard employees should expend their monies on their families vice paying union dues."

"Therefore, Guam Shipyard opposes Union Representation for its employees."

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