Federal Agencies At Odd In Labor Dispute

NPR''s Kathleen Schalch reports on a protracted labor dispute that involves workers from the Avondale Shipyard in Louisiana, the company, and two federal agencies: the National Labor Relations Board and the Navy Department. Five years ago, the workers voted to join a union, but Avondale refuses to recognize the union or bargain with it on the grounds that the election was fraudulent. The NLRB has tried to force the company to comply with federal labor laws but Avondale has repeatedly resisted those efforts in court. Meanwhile, the Navy has been awarding Avondale millions of dollars in contracts.



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