Northrop Grumman to change to five-day schedule

PASCAGOULA– Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding today announced that beginning May 31, all of the company’s Gulf Coast facilities will be changing their work schedule to a five-day, eight-hour workweek from a four-day, 10-hour workweek.

The company had worked the four-day workweek since late 2004.

“Changing our work schedule to five-day weeks enables us to work safer, build better quality ships and it is another step we need to make toward meeting our cost and schedule commitments,” Irwin F. Edenzon, vice president and general manager, Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding-Gulf Coast said in a press release. “I am confident this change will improve our performance on current programs and allow us to be more successful in pursuing future contracts.”

Edenzon sent a message to all Gulf Coast employees today explaining the reasons the company will return to the five-day workweek. In the message, he noted that future details, such as shift times, would be communicated in the weeks ahead.

“We understand the potential impact that changing the work schedule may have on our shipbuilders, their families and the surrounding communities,” said Edenzon. “We hope this advanced notice will enable families, local businesses and other service providers to make an easier transition.”

Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding-Gulf Coast facilities are located in Gulfport and Pascagoula as well as Avondale and Tallulah, La.