Media Advisory -- Sept. 11 Northrop Grumman Update for Gulf Coast EmployeesReturn-To-Work Notice for Northrop Grumman Ship Systems Employees


Note to Editors and News Directors:

Northrop Grumman and its employees greatly appreciate your continued assistance in sharing these updates on your regular broadcasts. The company anticipates issuing these daily notices, with slight changes, through the week beginning Sept. 12. These announcements change slightly each day, so we ask that you carefully review the information before broadcasting it or printing it to ensure your broadcasts or print materials coincide with what we are sharing with you.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Note: This information applies only to employees of Northrop Grumman; contract workers should not report at this time.

 -- Northrop Grumman Ship Systems announces a return to partial 
    production and office work beginning Monday, Sept. 12, for 
    Pascagoula Operations, and continued clean-up and recovery efforts 
    at its other facilities. 

 -- Employees who are able to return to work are requested to report 
    according to the schedule for their respective sites as shown 
    below. Please note that some work locations and shifts for office 
    employees have changed. 

 -- If employees are not able to report to work, they are instructed 
    to contact their supervisors or call the Northrop Grumman Ship 
    Systems employee check-in telephone number: (877) 744-7642. During 
    the re-opening period, employees who are not able to report to 
    work due to personal hardship may request additional leave time.


 -- Production crafts, supervision and all production "support" 
    personnel, including Quality, Production Control, Maintenance, 
    Transportation, Manufacturing Services, Warehousing, Steel Yard, 
    IPS and Storerooms:
    --  All employees, all shifts, who are able to return to work are 
        requested to report to the shipyard at 6 a.m. Monday, Sept. 
        12, to work 10-hour shifts. Employees should report to the 
        work area to which they were assigned prior to the storm. 
        Supervisors will provide further instructions when employees 
        report to work. Employees should bring badges and personal 
        protection equipment such as hard hats, safety glasses, etc.

 -- Engineering and ILS departments:
    --  EDC employees are asked to report to the EDC (K-Mart 
        building.) on Monday, Sept. 12, at 6 a.m. Work shifts for 
        these employees will be Monday through Wednesday, 12 hours 
        each day. Employees will need to provide their own meals.
    --  FSO employees are asked to report to the EDC on Thursday, 
        Sept. 15, at 6 a.m. Work shifts for these employees will be 
        Thursday through Saturday, 12 hours each day. Employees will 
        need to provide their own meals.
    --  Sunplex employees are asked to report to Sunplex in Ocean 
        Springs on Tuesday, Sept. 13, at 6 a.m. Work shift at Sunplex 
        will be a 4-by-10 schedule Tuesday through Friday. 
    --  Engineering employees in Administration buildings 1, 2 and 3 
        are asked to report to their previously assigned work areas on 
        Tuesday, Sept. 13, at 6 a.m. Work shift will be a 4-by-10 
        schedule Tuesday through Friday.

 -- Expeditionary warfare programs management, surface combatant 
    programs management, Deepwater program management:
    --  Report to previously assigned work areas on Monday, Sept. 12. 
        Work shift will be a 4-by-10 schedule, Monday through 
    --  CG 47 Planning Yard employees are asked to report to the CDI 
        Building on Telephone Road in Moss Point Monday, Sept. 12 at 7 

 -- Business Management (finance, contracts, estimating and EVMS):
    --  West Bank employees who have not previously reported to work 
        should report on Tuesday, Sept.13, at normal work locations. 
        East Bank employees should report to the CDI Building on 
        Telephone Road in Pascagoula. Work shift will be a 4-by-10 
        schedule, Tuesday through Friday.

 -- Planning department employees, including industrial engineering, 
    production planning, scheduling and manpower planning: 
    --  Report to work on Monday, Sept. 12, at normal work times at 
        Pascagoula locations. 

 -- Supply Chain Management -- all office personnel:
    --  Report to work Monday, Sept. 12, at normal Pascagoula work 
        locations and times.
    --  Sourcing and material cataloging employees will report to the 
        EDC (K-Mart building). Supervisors will contact these 
        employees for work shifts and times.

 -- Human Resources and Administration:
    --  Except as indicated below, all HRA employees should report to 
        the CDI Building located on Telephone Road in Moss Point on 
        Tuesday, Sept. 13, at 7:30 a.m. 
    --  Environmental, Health and Safety personnel should report on 
        Monday, Sept. 12, at their normal locations at 6 a.m.  
    --  Security plant protection personnel should report as scheduled 
        by their supervisors. 
    --  Industrial security personnel should report to the lobby of 
        Administration Building 2 on Monday, Sept. 12, at 6 a.m. 
    --  Training department personnel who have not already reported to 
        work should report to the training complex on Monday, Sept. 
        12, at 6 a.m.


Gulfport will not resume normal production any earlier than Sept. 19. All management, supervisors and maintenance personnel should continue to report to work for 7 a.m.-to-6 p.m. shifts.


The New Orleans facility is returning to production work.

    --  Monday, Sept. 12, all production supervisors, employees 
        working on Polar, at modular, all scaffolding, maintenance, 
        security, sheetmetal shop, pipe shop, machine shops, QA 
        employees, PC employees, warehouse employees, IPS, purchasing 
        employees, all engineering and ILS employees should report to 
        work at 6:00 a.m.
    --  On Tuesday, Sept. 13, LPD 18, electrical employees and pipe 
        employees should report to work. 
    --  All other support staff should contact immediate supervisors 
        for reporting information.
    --  All employees reporting to work should bring their own food 
        and drinks. Work hours will be Monday through Thursday from 
        6:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    --  New Orleans employees are asked to report to one of these 
        locations on Monday at 4:30 a.m. to check in and report for 
        work if possible. Bus transportation to the shipyard will be 
        provided from these points:
            -- Thibodeaux -- Winn Dixie, 375 North Canal Blvd.   
            -- Raceland -- Winn Dixie Shopping Center, 4560 Highway 1
    --  Employees who can only check in and are unable to report to 
        work can do so at the locations above as well as the location 
        below on Monday between 09:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.:
            -- Hammond -- Wal-Mart, 2799 West Thomas Street


     --  The Tallulah facility will not be open for normal production 
         earlier than Monday, Sept. 19; employees are asked to monitor 
         these updates through the weekend.
     --  Maintenance and security shift personnel should continue to 
         report to work if possible. Reporting personnel should be 
         prepared to stay overnight.


    --  Northrop Grumman IT sector Gulf Coast employees who have not 
        checked in with their supervisors should do so immediately and 
        call the Employee Contact Line at (877) 744-7642. 
    --  Information Technology employees may also contact the IT 
        sector's HR customer care center at (800) 604-4890 or for further instructions.
    --  Northrop Grumman Information Technology has extended full pay 
        for impacted employees for two weeks including Labor Day.


All Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) and Supervisor of Shipbuilding Gulf Coast employees in the Gulf Coast hurricane zone are requested to contact (202) 781-3889 to verify their whereabouts and contact information. They may also provide contact information via e-mail at All Supship Gulf Coast employees should go to, then click the "Gulf Coast" link under the "SUPSHIPS" heading on the left for notices and information.


Northrop Grumman continues to request that every employee from its Gulf Coast facilities contact the company via the new toll-free number, (877) 744-7642, to ensure that all employees are accounted for and their needs are being addressed.

Phone service in some regions impacted by the hurricane is not operating at full capacity and may be experiencing high call volume. Northrop Grumman recommends that employees who have had trouble connecting with the (877) 744-7642 number try to call at a later time. This number is staffed 24 hours a day. The company asks employees who reach the number to remain patient if asked to hold. Telephone agents are dedicated to taking your calls as quickly as they can.


Northrop Grumman Ship Systems has extended full pay to all employees for two weeks including the Labor Day holiday and the pay periods ending Sept. 2 and Sept. 9. Ship Systems employees who have been called into work for clean-up and recovery operations will also receive payment for time worked.

To assist employees in managing immediate financial needs resulting from hurricane damages, the paycheck or direct deposit issued to each employee last Friday (which normally would only cover the pay period ending Sept. 2) included pay for both weeks, for a total of 80 hours of pay.


For individuals who normally would receive a check at Avondale, the company has made the net pay amount available via Western Union.

Individuals who did not arrive in time to receive their checks at Pascagoula or Gulfport during the check distribution, last Friday (Sept. 9), will be able to access their net pay amount via Western Union.

Employees may continue to experience difficulty accessing direct deposit payroll at credit unions in the affected areas, and some credit unions have taken the unusual step of limiting cash withdrawals.

    --  Employees who use ASI Federal Credit Union and cannot access 
        their direct deposit payroll will be able to receive a $1,000 
        emergency cash advance at any Western Union.  This cash 
        advance will be offset against future payrolls. 
    --  Employees who use all other credit unions in the Gulf Coast 
        region (Navigator, Kessler FCU, etc.) and are unable to access 
        funds should call (877) 744-7642.  An emergency cash advance 
        will be provided to these employees by the next day via 
        Western Union.
    --  For the next payroll cycle, employees using direct deposit for 
        their pay who have had difficulty accessing their net payroll 
        amount can call (877) 744-7642 and authorize the company to 
        make the next payroll payment either by check (if they are 
        able to pick up a check at the Ingalls or Gulfport Shipyards) 
        or by Western Union cash payment,  in lieu of direct deposit.  
        This authorization is not retroactive; it only applies to 
        future payrolls.  If an employee provides these instructions 
        by close of business on Tuesday, Sept. 13, the company will 
        change the method of payroll payment to accommodate the 
        request.  At the employee's request, this election -- to 
        receive a check or cash from Western Union in lieu of direct 
        deposit -- will remain in effect until the employee notifies 
        the company to return to direct deposit.  
            -- At Pascagoula, employees can authorize a check or 
               Western Union payment instead of direct deposit by 
               completing a form on Monday or Tuesday of this week.  
               This form will be made available at the completion of 
               each shift.  Employees should submit their completed 
               authorization forms to their supervisors or leave 
               completed forms at any security checkpoint.  Ship 
               Systems Finance (Payroll) personnel will collect these 


Employees receiving a Western Union Quick Cash payment may visit any Western Union location, complete a yellow "To Receive Money" form and receive the net-pay amount. Employees must provide the company's name and headquarters location (Los Angeles-based Northrop Grumman Corporation) and present proper identification such as a valid driver's license, passport, military ID card with photo, or their employee badge with photo. Employees can find the closest Western Union by calling (800) 225-5227 and selecting option 4.


    --  The workers compensation distribution of payments for the 
        period ending Sept. 9, 2005 will be handled in the following 
            -- For employees (or their beneficiaries) outside of the 
               areas impacted by Hurricane Katrina (or those personnel 
               for whom we have previously received a forwarding 
               address) the payment distribution will continue to be 
               handled as a check delivered by the U.S. Postal 
            -- For the balance of employees (or their beneficiaries), 
               particularly those in the areas impacted by Hurricane 
               Katrina, payments are now available through Western 
    --  Any questions regarding whether payment will be made by check 
        or Western Union "Quick Cash" should be referred to the F.A. 
        Richard (FARA) Hotline at (888) 560-2562.


    --  Special arrangements have been made to ensure no lapses in 
        coverage occur for Northrop Grumman employees during the 
        hurricane recovery period.  The company Benefits Center can 
        assist with health issues, including prescription refills, 
        medical pre-certifications, and guidance for use of physicians 
        and hospitals outside the network areas.  
        Call (800) 894-4194.


    --  Company representatives can respond to questions regarding 
        savings plan loans or hardship withdrawals.  Call (800) 676-


    --  Direct assistance to employees impacted by Hurricane Katrina 
        will be provided through the new Northrop Grumman Employee 
        Disaster Relief Fund. Affected employees should call (888) 
        642-5645 between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. PDT to apply.
Danny Hernandez
Director of Public Affairs
(202) 580-9086