Pothen Says Shipyard Has “Prevailed Over Union”; Proposes 40 Year Lease With Navy


Guam –  Guam Shipyard released the following statement in reaction to Wednesday’s vote on the question of union representation at the Shipyard.


READ Guam Shipyard’s release in FULL below:

Date: March 1, 2012

Mathews Pothen


For the past 14 years, the Guam Shipyard has transformed the former U.S. Naval Ship Repair Facility (SRF) into one of the premier shipyard in the Pacific Rim.

We are a local business that employs local people. Our employees are our most important assets.

Time and time again, our employees have demonstrated exceptional capabilities in providing quality ship repair service to the U.S. Navy on time. Our challenges are to find skilled workers here and we have an apprenticeship program to train our local labor force.

Our employees recognize that the Union cannot create good jobs and working conditions. Jobs are created by a healthy and long-term relationship with our customer, the U.S. Navy. We want to thank the U.S. Navy for their continued support. Guam Shipyard is committed to providing
quality employment opportunities for many years to come. To make this happen, Guam Shipyard is proposing a 40-year lease with the U.S. Navy.

The outcome of the Union election is not surprising. Many of our employees have been employed with us since the “hot turn over” of the former SRF in 1997. We are one family.

Together, we have experienced challenges and celebrated successes in this industry.

Guam Shipyard will continue to treat our employees with dignity and respect. We will continue to invest in adequate training and tools for our employees.

Once again, we want to thank our employees for voting for us and will continue to work together as one “Guam Shipyard Family” in the years to come.