NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - Protesters converged outside Naval Station Norfolk Wednesday afternoon to voice their anger over the ongoing budget battle.
The men and women represent the local Metal Trades and Federal Employees Counci l, which also includes several union representatives from different labor groups. They called their gathering an "informational picket," but there was just as much protesting as there was informing.
Members of the group perform a variety of jobs, but share a common point of view when it comes to sequestration and the impact it will have on the ship repair and construction industry.
"You name it, they're all out here," Ron Ault, president of Metal Trades said. "People think there are savings involved in this, and there are not. It's an added cost. Plus the fact that it leaves us very vulnerable at a very dangerous time.
Several of the protestors held signs critical of furloughs, worried they will personally be hit hard by the looming budget cuts.
"It's totally unfair to the working men and women in this state. This is going to hit Virginia really, really hard," Virginia AFL-CIO President Doris Crouse-Mays said. "It's also going to have a ripple effect in the community."
Despite a continuing resolution being passed by the Senate Wednesday, the ship repair industry will still be hurt because they are still facing the same cuts outlined by the sequester.
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