Media Advisory -- Sept. 3 Northrop Grumman Update for Gulf Coast Employees
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PASCAGOULA, Miss., Sept. 3, 2005 (PRIMEZONE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation announces the following work-schedule and payroll updates, as well as benefit and relief information, for its employees in the Gulf Coast region.
PASCAGOULA / GULFPORT: -- Both facilities will be closed for normal production through Monday, Sept. 5. -- For Gulfport, maintenance personnel should report to work over the three-day weekend for 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. shifts. -- For Pascagoula, the following employees should report to work over the three-day weekend, if possible, for 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. shifts: all facilities and ship cleaners, facilities engineering, maintenance, security, test and change-order electricians, test and trials, safety, production supervisors, crafts supervisors, manufacturing services, resource recovery, yard cleaning, production supervision, ship management, inside and outside machinists, carpenters, rigging, production control, and transportation shift employees. -- All managers in finance, estimating and contracts should report to administration building No. 1 at 9 a.m. Monday, Sept. 5. NEW ORLEANS / TALLULAH: -- Both facilities will be closed for normal production through Monday, Sept. 5. -- Maintenance and security shift personnel should report to work if possible. Reporting personnel should be prepared to stay overnight. -- Access to the area may be restricted by regional and national authorities. Reporting personnel should ascertain prior to departure whether the facilities will be accessible. NORTHROP GRUMMAN ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS SECTOR EMPLOYEES -- Employees who have not checked in with their supervisors should do so immediately or contact the Northrop Grumman Information Line at (800) 995-4318 for further instructions. NORTHROP GRUMMAN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY EMPLOYEES -- Northrop Grumman IT sector Gulf Coast employees who have not checked in with their supervisors should do so immediately or contact the IT sector's HR customer care center at (800) 604-4890 or HRCustomerCareCenter@ngc.com. -- Internal Information Services employees in the Gulf Coast region should expect to work remotely, or be available for possible transport. IIS employees should call (972) 946-9330 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The company has taken steps to provide compensation to the Ship Systems sector work force for the payroll period ending August 28. For employees with direct deposit, the company has transferred funds to support direct deposit, however, some of the banks in the Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana region are not operational and have not acknowledged receipt of funds. If this situation is not resolved by Tuesday the company will develop and implement an alternative approach to provide cash to these employees.
Northrop Grumman has made arrangements for employees assigned to the Avondale Operations in New Orleans, except those who use direct deposit, to receive cash payments at Western Union locations.
Beginning Sunday, Sept. 4, Avondale employees normally paid by check will be able to receive their "net pay" amount through Western Union's Quick Cash Service. Western Union has more than 50,000 locations in the United States, with just under 1,000 in Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama. To receive cash, Avondale employees can visit any Western Union location, complete a yellow "To Receive Money" form, and pick up their "net pay" amount.
Employees using Western Union will need to provide the company's name and headquarters location, which is Los Angeles-based Northrop Grumman Corporation, and proper identification such as a valid driver's license, passport, military ID card with photo, or their employee badge with photo. Northrop Grumman has already provided Western Union funds for these cash payments. Employees can find the closest Western Union location by calling (800) 225-5227 and selecting option 4.
Beginning on Monday, Sept. 5, Gulfport and Pascagoula employees who did not pick up checks on Friday, Sept. 2 and who do not use direct deposit will also be able to receive their "net pay" through Western Union by following the same process described above.
Operational Branches of Hancock Bank and Wal-Mart Stores Will Cash Payroll Checks as Follows: -- Hancock Bank is open Sunday and Monday from 9 to 4. -- Wal-Mart stores will cash checks under these conditions: -- Must be a preprinted payroll check -- You must bring state-issued ID -- The limit is $1,000 per employee in a seven day period and you will pay a $3 service fee Company Benefits Center & Savings Account Line to Remain Open Labor Day Weekend -- The Northrop Grumman Benefits Center will be open Sunday and Monday to provide assistance with health issues, including prescription refills or medical pre-certifications and pension-related inquiries, including check replacement. Representatives will be available from 9-5 Eastern time both days. Call (800) 894-4194. -- Savings Account Line representatives can respond to questions regarding savings plan loans or hardship withdrawals. Representatives will be available from 9-5 Eastern time both days. Call (800) 676-7211.
Northrop Grumman Employee Disaster Relief Fund Available
Direct assistance to Northrop Grumman employees impacted by Hurricane Katrina will be provided through the new Northrop Grumman Employee Disaster Relief Fund, established by The Northrop Grumman Foundation. Affected employees may apply for funds by calling toll free (888) 642-5645.