Union files grievance for CCAD workers

Base officials will evaluate the grievance and, if no action is taken, the matter will go into arbitration, said local union President Joe A. Gonzales.
A depot official could not be reached for comment Tuesday.
Gonzales said the workers have been exposed to strontium chromate, a chemical classified as a carcinogen by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Gonzales said the workers have been exposed to strontium chromate, a chemical classified as a carcinogen by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The chemical, strontium chromate, is used as a primer for some helicopter parts that are used to make repairs at the depot.
The coating can become airborne when it is drilled or sanded. Gonzales said many workers do not have the proper equipment to protect them from the dust and that some ventilation equipment is outdated or in poor repair.
"This is what the unions are all about, making sure of a safe working environment for the workers," Gonzales said.
Gonzales said the conditions became apparent after a recent round of air quality testing showed unsafe levels of the chemical in the air.
He said the union is trying to determine how long workers have been exposed.
Different primers have been used in the past, he said, and it is unclear when the strontium chromate came into use.


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