The Navy Yard Association (NYA) of Mare Island was established in 1921, when a group of concerned shipyard employees led the effort–along with other Naval shipyards and federal activities–to lobby the the U.S. Congress to create a federal employee retirement system. The NYA mobilized support nationwide and was successful in this effort, which eventually resulted in the creation of the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS). Since then, the NYA has remained active with a number of noteworthy achievements, for example:
- Successfully fought politically-motivated efforts to close Mare Island in 1923, when a Naval Commission recommended the Shipyard operations be relocated to Alameda.
- Successfully lobbied for the capital improvements needed at Mare Island to maintain a high level of service on a competitive basis–from the construction of a new dry dock to construction of a new fire station built in the early 1980’s.
- In the 1960s, the NYA was instrumental in creating the Council of Naval Employees’ Groups (CONEG), comprised of all West Coast Naval shipyards. CONEG was active in obtaining the 65/35 split for new construction, with the larger percentage going to the Naval Shipyards.
- In 1986, the NYA organized the National Association of Naval Shipyards (NANS), mobilizing Public Shipyards as single force capable of advancing common causes. At the annual meeting in Washington, DC, NANS delegates met with representatives of Navy and Congress to discuss
shipyard workloads and ultimately to fight the closures of Naval shipyards.
- Created the Northern California Naval Civilian Employees Council (NCNCEC), with representatives from Concord Naval Weapons Station, Alameda Naval Air Station, mobilizing northern California Naval Bases as a combined entity.
- In the early 1990s, took the lead to mobilize the Northern San Francisco Bay Area to work with local, county, state, and federal legislators to fight the closure of Mare Island and provided key testimony before the 1993 Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRACC).
- Organized, in coordination with the Navy, the City of Vallejo, and surrounding communities, a 3-day base closure celebration in 1996 that included multiple activities across the 5,000-acre island to highlight and commemorate the history of the site.
- Was successful in establishing a permanent detachment of former Mare Island employees involved in environmental cleanup efforts for the Navy and other Federal agencies.
- Continues to organize employee reunions and support redevelopment efforts at the former Mare Island Naval Shipyard.
- Provide ongoing support to the Mare Island Historic Park Foundation’s goal to preserve Mare Island’s history and make these facilities available to the public.