Shea-Porter Provision to Increase Pay for Shipyard Workers Adopted by Armed Services Committee
WASHINGTON, DC— Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) today announced that her provision to reverse severe cuts to shipyard workers’ benefits has been adopted by the House Armed Services Committee.
“Shipyard workers deserve good pay and benefits,” said Shea-Porter. “In 2014, the Defense Department cut stipends by 45 percent reduction for our shipyard workers who are detailed to the detachment in San Diego. This was unfair, and took money out of the pockets of these hardworking men and women. I am so pleased that this year’s defense policy bill will include my provision to reverse these harmful cuts and will directly raise wages for many shipyard workers.”
When shipyard workers are detailed to facilities outside of New Hampshire, such as the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Detachment-San Diego, they receive a temporary per diem stipend. In 2014, the Defense Department cut the per diem rates by 25 percent for travel in excess of 30 days and by 45 percent for travel longer than 180 days. This took substantial money out of the pockets of shipyard workers.
Shea-Porter’s proposal would reverse this harmful decision, and reinstate the prior per diem policy, directly raising wages for many Portsmouth Naval Shipyard employees. It is endorsed by the American Federation of Government Employees, the AFL-CIO, Federal Managers Association, the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers, the US Travel Association, and the American Hotel and Lodging Association.