Congresswoman Elaine Luria Advocates for Shipyard Workers and Shipyards during COVID-19

April 25, 2020
Press Release

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA – Congresswoman Elaine Luria joined her colleagues in advocating for Virginia’s shipyard workers and the shipbuilding and ship repair industries in order to ensure continuity of this important work in the midst of this national pandemic.

“As a Navy veteran, I know how critical shipbuilding and maintenance is to maintaining military readiness,” said Congresswoman Luria. “As a complex and integrated system, we must maintain the momentum while safeguarding worker health.”

In a letter to Assistant Secretary of the Navy Geurts, the entire Virginia delegation advocated for prioritizing worker health, supporting contractual adjustments to alleviate any hazard experienced due to COVID-19, assisting small businesses participation in ship repair, and expediting loans and loan guarantees for shipyards and supply chain participants.

In an additional letter sent to Acting Secretary of the Navy McPherson, the Congresswoman requested incentive pay for essential pubic shipyard workers and urged Navy leadership to provide proper Personal Protective Equipment to all shipyard personnel.

Congresswoman Elaine Luria represents Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District. She serves on the House Armed Services Committee, where she is the Vice Chair of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, and the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, where she serves as Chair of the Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs Subcommittee.