BAE Systems:

Miller Marine
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Filling Various Ship Repair Positions As Needed

1430 Hoover Ave.
National City, CA. 91950

Phone : (619) 474-5491

Fax : (619)477-3539 (Human Resources, Accounting & Purchasing)

Continental Maritime of San Diego (Huntington Ingalls):

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Ability to acquire Rapid Gate Credential required.
Excellent company paid benefits and savings plan available. Apply in person to:

Continental Maritime of San Diego
A Subsidiary of Huntington Ingalls Industries
1995 Bay Front Street
San Diego, CA 92113

 Marine Group Boat Works:

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Pipe Fitter/Welder
Minimum 3 years experience working on boats

- Must be able to calculate pipe runs
- Have a working knowledge of Viega pipe
-Weld Stainless steel, Steel and Aluminum pipe, Sweat copper nickel

-Shipyard experience preferred but will consider candidates with industrial construction experience

Aluminum Welder / Fitter
Minimum 3 years experience

- Shipyard fitting experience
- Cutting torch in position
- Carbon Arc - Layover - Tack with stick       

How to apply:
Click here to download the Marine Group Boat Works employment application
2. Complete the form and send it via:
- E-mail to
- Fax to (619) 427-0324
- Or mail to 997 G Street, Chula Vista, CA 91910
If you have employment questions, feel free to contact Human Resources at (619) 427-6767 ext 120
 or email

SAN DIEGO, CA.   website:

Apply at:
1625 Rigel St. San Diego, CA. 92113   (619) 232-3200


whats happeninng, at nassco ,BAE, they are hiring subcontractors, instead of skilled workers,because they get paid much less than a skilled worker, so if u want to work at the shipyard, you have to go to a subcontractor agency like,pci,aerotek,and many more

This is happening because conmpanies have realized that they can cut costs by using lower salaried subcontractors. Corporate greed is most content when they dont have to pay good wages or into a pension retirement or healthcare benefit. This also keeps the company costs low from having to pay for workers comp when the employee gets hurt or unemployment benefits when that employee gets laid off. The only one hurting is the EMPLOYEE. Because now they work for a subcontracting company that uses them. It will pay them $10/hr and $100.00 per day perdiem. This means that 1) when you get hurt, they only base your future loss wages at $10/hr. 2) when you get laid-off, they base your salary on $10/hr and you dont qualify for the maximum unemployment benefit. The subcontractor gets about $35-$45 hour from this worker and offers them half with NO BENEFITS. They can hire and fire and change the rules on them at will. This is why when you hear about a union Organizing drive going on at your workplace, you need to support it. We can all be without a job if we left it up to Corporate America. They want to run lean and efficient, which translates to High Production at Low Cost. Skilled workers deserve good pay, not leftovers from what the subcontracting company pays them.
NASSCO is the only union shipyard in San Diego that has a labor contract that states in Article 14 Subcontracting: "Subcontracting of work regularly performed by employees covered by this Agreement must be to subcontractors who shall agree to pay their employees performing such work at NASSCO, wages and fringe benefits which, shall not be less than equal to the combined hourly cost of the wages and fringe benefits then paid by the Company NASSCO to its own employees for such work." This means that any subcontractor working in NASSCO is required to be paid by their subcontrating employer the same wages that a NASSCO union employee would be getting, including benefit pay. So the subs at NASSCO should be receiving an hourly rate of $32 or so depending on their skill level and trade. The Union has put NASSCO on notice for the subcontractors salary information as required in their Labor Contract Article 14 Section 4. This is why subcontracting @NASSCO has dropped dramatically.
Subcontracting companies dont want to put their workers into NASSCO because they have to pay them more. This language was put into the contract to protect NASSCO union employees' jobs and discourage the company from using subcontracted labor.
At BAE and other shipyards, there is no Labor Agreement that discourages subcontracting and protects their jobs. This is another reason why these shipyard workers need to support the union. Together, we can make the difference.

Almost every week on Friday there are layoffs at Nassco tomorrow will be no different, except for the fact that I will be one of the ones going out.

If your at NASSCO, you have a union that helps you when you get laid off. They help you file an unemployment claim, they give you assistance with job searching, resume writing, over $120 dollars worth of food on a monthly basis,and assistance with rent, mortgage, gas and light bills as its made available. The telephone number to the Shipyard Workers Union is 619-477-7373. NASSCO's work should be picking up soon and we would like to see everyone recalled back. Remember your Union Contract calls for you to be recalled back to work in the inverse order that you were laid off. So if you were the last worker to get laid off, you will be the first to get recalled back to work. For the workers that have been off for a year, they go to the union hall and have that year extended for another year so they don't lose there recall rights.

I work for a subcontractor and we go to basically all the shipyards in San Diego, but we never see any pay changes and many of our guys make $10-$12, pretty much our only benefit is the overtime and we end up killing ourselves just to bring home a good check. I've heard about laws that state to shipyards that they are supposed to pay more money to the subs for working in a government job but we never see any change, why is that and how does my company get around it

Anonymous, first I apologize for the delayed response. I had some technical difficulty. My response should NEVER had taken this long. To answer your question, one law that I do know is minimum wage law. That is the only requirement of pay unless you are under a labor contract that states otherwise. The Davis–Bacon Act of 1931 is a United States federal law which established the requirement for paying prevailing wages on public works projects. All federal government construction contracts, and most contracts for federally assisted construction over $2,000, must include provisions for paying workers on-site no less than the locally prevailing wages and benefits paid on similar projects.
As of right now, this does not apply to San Diego Shipyard Workers in the private sector. We would like for it to apply to them, however, this can only be made when a vast majority of the Shipyard Workers come together and make it happen. Under the direction of a union, employees can come together, unite the waterfront and make a demand for prevailing wage or some sort of government mandated wage that is based off San Diego's high cost of living. Everyone working on NAVY ships could potentially see a significant wage increase, possibly over $1500 more a month on an average 40 hr work week for a journeyman.
For more info on Department of Labor (Davis Bacon Act) click here:

Ok heres the situation i just finished my welding courses at riverside community college and i got my SMAW,FCAW,GMAW, and GTAW certifications. im trying to get into welding for any shipyard in san diego but it seems i need experience. does anybody know any companies or unions that will except apprentice thats trying to get into the shipyard industries.

Thank you for commenting.. You have a few options..
If you wanted to get right to work, you could try applying at Pacific Ship Repair - San Diego on Rigel St. or Southcoast Welding on Faivre St. Chula Vista or L & H Welding on Broadway in National City. I believe those three places are looking for certified welders. You might want to also try Ameriforce on 8th St in National City. You should be able to get entry level welding experience from those places.

2)Another option is to go to San Diego City College for continued education. They offer a nice program in Shipbuilding Technology.

3)This option requires you to locate when the next ShipwWorks Institute class is going to begin. It will guide you on how to work in the San Diego Shipyards. ShipWorks Institute:

Center for Applied Competitive Technologies at San Diego City College (CACT-SD) has partnered with Port of San Diego Ship Repair Association (PSDSRA) to support training and development for the Ship Repair Industry.

ShipWorks Institute is designed to ensure that new employees and seasoned technicians alike have an opportunity for career advancement in the shipbuilding and repair industry. The In
stitute will include student/employee advising and career assessments and courses will demonstrate industry-specific equipment and technologies.

Step 1: Participants are screened and assessed for entry to the ShipWorks Institute.
Step 2: Selected pre-employment, entry level, and incumbent workers attend either basic or intermediate training and receive other interventions.
Step 3: Post-training assessment is provided to determine competency and proficiency match to the various trades and/or career pathways.
Step 4: The prepared pool of workers are ready for shipyard jobs, jobs in related companies, internships, temporary work with employment agencies, and/or continued formal/technical education.



Voice of the shipyard is right subcontractors need a union because all these subcontractors treat there employees as general labor and don't pay them even close to the wages even when at or through nassco, for instance I was a sandblasting pot tender and got paid 12.00 per hour, worked everyday working 8to 10 hours a day, no benefits, no holiday pay no vacation because at the end of the year we all were considered re-hires, even employees who been with the company for years including many who live here and still get perdiem, something needs to be done because way to many employers and really taking advantage of workers

You can email for more information on starting a union. You have a right to form a union.

How do I know if a company should be paying prevailing wage? I work for a company that gets jobs directly from ships officials so theres no other big company hiring us... Or agency either? Could the employer be avoiding prevailing wage without us getting anything?

Thank you Anonymous, as it stands right now, there are no prevailing wage requirements in the private sector for working on Naval ships in San Diego, CA.
One of the avenues to take to begin this process is to build support in the community, with the people who will be directly affected by a prevailing wage, living wage or another form of mandated wage. It takes people coming together to make this happen. The Shipyard Workers Union continues to build support for this type of wage. If you would like to know how you can get involved, please email and use "Prevailing Wage" as the subject. Thank you.

So what your saying I should stop thinking about getting paid prevailing wage for working on navy ships? On my other construction jobs as soon as i went in the naval base I had to get paid prevailing... Whats the difference for being on a ship? My wages are almost minimum wage and shouldnt there be a standard pay of at least $15 for field workers? I can hardly live off my wage but i cant ask my boss for a raise because work slowed down and he already thinks hea doing us a favor by keeping us on the shop assembling cabinets abd doind random work. My company is Marine and Restaurant Fabricators if you were wondering

Here is a link to a fact sheet that explains the Davis Bacon Act (prevailing wage) and will help you find out if you are working under those guidelines:

Remember, you and your co-workers can always come together to form your union and bargain for better wages, benefits and working conditions.

For example we worked on the USS CARL VINSON last year for more than 4 months remodeling the whole messdecks and from what I now the job was worth more than $2 million dollars between labor and material and most of us workers got paid regular pay and guys that have had more than 6 years in the company dont even get 15 bucks the hour. And we are not that many workers so I dont know if we can all come together right now theres only about 10 field guys and 10 shop guys

How can I get a copy of a CBA for shipyard workers?

If you work in a union shipyard, you can walk into your union hall and ask for a copy of your Collective Bargaining Agreement. You can also ask your local Shop Steward for a copy.
If you are not covered under a union shipyard "CBA", and are interested in learning more about the benefits of such agreement, we can set up an appointment with you to answer any questions you may have.

We are here to help.

Pretty much after every contract, BAE gets millions in award fees. Millions. Look it up. So the only way for us workers to get a decent pay raise is to strike. If the whole waterfront does it what choice do they have but meet our demands. I want better wages and medical. With 2 small kids, I'm barely making it.
Look at the CEO of BAE Ian King Last year he got 1.6 mil in a bonus, look it up, and I am sure that most of the managers on the waterfront get some kind of bonus. All of that from our hard work. What we need is to have fair wages and benefits.
Look at France the Government wanted to raise retirement age by 1 year. The workers protested in the millions and so no change. Well that is what we need to do

just had 2 questions iam thinking in joining nassco but how much does or should a nassco welder, and student welder employed by nassco co. both earn an hour?? just wondering since its all union!!....

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