June 21, 2018
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‘Shame on Congress’: Kittery shipyard workers react to furloughs

Deb Cram | Portsmouth Herald
Deb Cram | Portsmouth Herald
John Joyal talks about the furlough letter he received Tuesday morning at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and says, "Shame on Congress for not doing their jobs."
By Deborah McDermott, Portsmouth Herald

KITTERY, Maine — Andrew Ward is going to be adopting his foster son Wednesday. The celebratory mood, however, will be tempered by the fact that Ward was furloughed from his job at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery on Tuesday.

Ward is one of as many as 2,800 workers at the shipyard who came to work Tuesday, only to clean out their desks and head back home.

“It’s awful, no matter what happens,” said Ward, a Wells resident.

For the first time in 17 years, the federal government began to shut down Tuesday, after Congress failed to come up with a budget agreement.

A steady stream of cars passed through Gate 1 Tuesday morning, as workers flooded out of the shipyard. A number yelled words like, “This su***” or “Obama stinks” as they passed.

For more reactions from furloughed Portsmouth Naval Shipyard employees, read the full story here.

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