Thursday, October 8, 2009

Latest on Austal-USA Troubles

Judge rules Austal once again engaged in unfair labor practices
Press-Register - - Mobile, AL Oct. 7, 2009

A union could get a third crack at organizing Austal USA's workers after an administrative law judge ruled the Mobile River shipyard again committed unfair labor practices in the run-up to an April 2008 election... >>>Continued here>>>

Long-Delayed LCS-2 Trials Set To Resume Oct. 7, 2009
By Christopher P. Cavas

Sea trials of the first Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) from General Dynamics (GD) could resume as early as next week, sources said, giving shipbuilders and their U.S. Navy customers a chance to see if numerous engineering fixes implemented since the summer have taken hold.

The ship, named Independence, went out for an initial series of builder's trials in early July, but except for a handful of day trips, it has been pierside since then at Austal USA's shipyard in Mobile, Ala. A series of problems, many of them associated with the propulsion plant, cropped up during the trials, and officials decided to take the ship out of trials mode and work on getting things finished... >>>Continued here>>>

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