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August 24, 2012

News Briefs – August 23, 2012

No injuries in MH-53 hard landing

No one was injured when an MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopter assigned to Helicopter Mine Countermeasure Squadron 15 made a hard landing Aug. 22, following an engine malfunction.

The hard landing at Bahrain International Airport caused damage to the tail section of the aircraft. Airport operations remain normal. The incident is under investigation.

 

Air Force to pay New Jersey town $83,000 for forest fire

The Air Force will pay more than $83,000 to a southern New Jersey town for expenses related to a 2007 Pinelands forest fire that burned 17,000 acres.

Barnegat officials say the township will be reimbursed for the costs of fighting the fire at the Warren Grove Gunnery Range, which started during practice by a flare from an F-16 fighter jet.

The township had sought $100,000 in a claim it submitted in 2008, but eventually was awarded $83,464.

Barnegat spent more on fire-related costs than any other community affected by the blaze. The town filed its claim separately from Ocean County and 23 other area municipalities, who collectively awarded more than $300,000. AP

 

Two South Carolina Boeing employees appeal case against union

Two employees at South Carolina’s Boeing plant have appealed their complaint against the International Association of Machinists.

The National Right to Work Foundation said Aug. 21 that Dennis Murray and Cynthia Ramaker had filed an appeal with the National Labor Relations Board.

Murray and Ramaker initially filed a complaint in December, saying the Machinists had retaliated against workers at the non-union plant in North Charleston. The NLRB dismissed that complaint in July.

Last year, the NLRB dropped a lawsuit against Boeing after the Machinists approved a four-year contract extension with the aircraft manufacturer. The NLRB lawsuit said Boeing broke labor laws when it opened a North Charleston production line, punishing unionized workers in Washington State for past strikes.

Boeing said it needed the South Carolina plant for valid economic reasons. AP

 




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