Maine Shipyard Workers Donate to Support Next Generation

Members of Kittery, ME IAM Local 836 recently made a donation to SSN 778 New Hampshire Division – their local division of the Department of the Navy authorized sea cadets program. Cadets perform community service and learn military standards, customs and courtesy.

The money donated to the program will stay directly in their division and will be used to fund community service projects, equipment purchases and financial assistance for camps.

“It is important the war fighters of tomorrow know that the union workers who overhaul their submarines take pride in their job have their back from the start,” said Local 836 Secretary/Treasurer Keith Thibeault. “I also like them to understand how unions ensure worker’s rights and care about their local community.”

Recruits attend a two-week boot camp and afterwards are allowed to attend specialized camps such as diving, police, fire and Special Operations. They must also adhere to academic requirements and physical fitness standards.

“As always, a tremendous show of trade unionism and solidarity from Local 836 for their tireless efforts in servicing their members and the employer (D.O.N.) as well,” said District 4 Directing Business Representative Rick Compher. “This effort is a continuation of the pride and efforts of all our members at Local 836, DL. 4 for today and the future ahead.”

“Working with the youth not only strengthens the foundation of the community, but teaches them what unions are all about,” said Eastern Territory General Vice President Jimmy Conigliaro Sr. “We are very proud to see gestures like the one shown here by Local 836, as they help shape the way people view unions in our country.”

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