May 01, 2000
Magda Lynn Seymour
Diane S. Witiak
(202) 639-6419

AFGE Challenges Direct Conversion of Federal Functions at Kirtland AFB

Filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (AFGE v. United States, et al., Case No. 00CV00936), the preliminary injunction would enjoin defendants from awarding a contract under, or renewing any existing contracts authorized under Section 8014 of the Defense Appropriations Act, for the direct conversion of federal functions to Native-American owned firms without regard to federal procurement laws and regulations.

"This statutory preference has led to tremendous abuse as multi-million dollar corporations-technically 51 percent Native-American owned-obtain sole source contracts without giving federal employees a chance to compete for their jobs," AFGE National President Bobby L. Harnage stressed. "This overly broad and unchecked carte-blanche contracting preference is unconstitutional and we mean to prove it in court."

The American Federation of Government Employees, AFL-CIO, is the largest union for government employees, representing 600,000 federal workers in the United States and overseas, as well as employees of the District of Columbia. The conversion of base maintenance functions at Kirtland AFB in New Mexico will result in the loss of approximately 260 civilian positions.

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