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Maine, NH, shipyard workers to rally against cuts

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) -- Portsmouth Naval Shipyard workers from Maine and New Hampshire are planning to rally to call on Congress to cancel automatic budget cuts that will affect their pay.

They're planning to gather at noon on Thursday at Prescott Park in Portsmouth.

The shipyard in Kittery, Maine, employs about 4,700 civilian workers in Maine and New Hampshire.

Civilian workers at the shipyard and throughout the United States expect to be told soon they will be forced to take 22 days off without pay between April and the end of the federal fiscal year on Sept. 30 if nothing happens to change the cuts, known as sequestration.