AAA  Sep. 3, 2014 12:05 PM ET
Vice president visits Portsmouth Naval Shipyard
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FILE - In this Wednesday, July 23, 2014 file photo, Vice President Joe Biden speaks on voting rights at the NAACP annual convention in Las Vegas. Vice President Joe Biden is going to get a firsthand look at work done at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard before another possible round of base closings, Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014 (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

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(AP) — Vice President Joe Biden has received a firsthand look at efficiencies achieved through cooperation and management at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.

Union leader Paul O'Connor, who invited Biden, said he wanted Biden to see the collaboration between managers and workers to improve performance. He says such techniques could be used elsewhere in the federal government.

Biden told workers during a tour of training area Wednesday that "this is what industry should do across the board."

Joining Biden at the shipyard on an island in the river that separates Maine and New Hampshire were Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and Rep. Carol Shea-Porter of New Hampshire, along with Reps. Chellie Pingree and Mike Michaud of Maine. Shaheen, Shea-Porter and Pingree are up for re-election, and Michaud is running for governor in Maine.

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