It’s a new year, and federal employees working for the Army Corps of Engineers (ACoE) are not sure what’s in store for them. The agency is embarking on a five-year pilot project that could involve handing over control of its locks and dams, which are vital to the nation’s security, to for-profit companies. It’s talking with industry about these possibilities but is not involving the union, whose members will be directly impacted by the project.
AFGE is asking to meet with Commanding General and Chief of Engineers Lieutenant General Thomas Bostick to discuss the agency’s plans.
“There is much speculation by industry about how the authority will be used, some of which may be uninformed but which is nevertheless widely-circulated,” AFGE said in a letter to Bostick this week. “In fact, [we] understand that industry days have been scheduled for the agency to receive input from contractors. [We’re] sure we can all agree that ACoE civilian employees deserve to learn from the agency how their work will be impacted by pilot projects, rather than the contractors who hope to take their jobs.”
AFGE ACoE Locals who are also concerned about the pilot project should firstname.lastname@example.org in AFGE’s Legislative Department.