United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Morning Report for April 7, 1999

                       Headquarters Daily Report

                         APRIL 07, 1999

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                    REPORT             NEGATIVE            NO INPUT
                    ATTACHED           INPUT RECEIVED      RECEIVED

HEADQUARTERS                           X
REGION I                               X
REGION II           X
REGION III                             X
REGION IV                              X
PRIORITY ATTENTION REQUIRED  MORNING REPORT - REGION II  APRIL  7, 1999

Licensee/Facility:                     Notification:

                                       MR Number: 2-99-0007
Newport News Shipbuilding              Date: 04/07/99
Newport News,Virginia
Dockets: 03006585 License No: 45-09428-02

Subject: LICENSEE WORKERS ON STRIKE

Discussion:

On April 7, 1999, Region II was notified that workers at Newport News
Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company (NNSD) in Newport News, Virginia, went
on strike on Monday, April 5, 1999, over a contract labor dispute. NNSD
holds two NRC licenses for conducting onsite industrial radiography and
instrument maintenance/calibration. Region II contacted NNSD personnel
who confirmed the information and indicated that all license requirements
were being complied with despite the strike. Some union workers who
perform licensed activities have crossed picket lines and are continuing
their duties. In addition, salaried personnel who manage licensed
operations have begun performing some licensed activities as their
current qualifications allow. NNSD personnel indicated that any
radiological training or certifications necessary to conduct licensed
activities have been or will be completed as needed to comply with all
NRC requirements. NNSD did not know how or when the strike would be
settled, but indicated that they would keep Region II informed of the
situation.

Regional Action:

Region II will continue to monitor the situation.

Contact:  B. Parker                  (404)562-4728
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