Department of Labor Employees Hold Rally to Protest Loss of Jobs
Who: American Federation of Government Employees Congressional Representatives
What: Department of Labor Employees Rally to Protect Jobs
Where: Capitol Reflecting Pool Across from Frances Perkins Building 200 Constitution Ave., NW Washington, DC 20210
When: Wednesday, June 6, 2007 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
(WASHINGTON) – On Wednesday, June 6, 2007 the Department of Labor (DoL) employees’ union, AFGE Local 12, will hold a rally, protesting the loss of hundreds of jobs throughout the agency. The employees’ union is fighting the privatization scheme that has cost hundreds of federal employees their jobs and benefits. Federal employees across the Metro area have been subjected to this costly privatization ploy, which favors private contractors by forcing federal employees to undervalue their job functions to compete for work they are already performing.
Equally disturbing is that this costly privatization process, known as A-76, is being administered in a way which disproportionately affects minority employees, jeopardizing the jobs of the qualified, dedicated federal workforce. Recently 250 administrative jobs were eliminated across the DoL, in the less than equitable competition process. The affected positions were overwhelmingly held by African-American women, but the privatization process threatens all agency employees by undervaluing their professional expertise and commitment.
The privatization process is touted as a cost saving measure by its proponents, but it has yet to be proven that privatizing federal jobs actually saves money or increases efficiency. In fact, since 2004 federal employees in the DoL have been challenged 26 times in public-private competitions. They have won all but three competitions because they have placed an unrealistic, diminished value on their level of expertise. This has resulted in these victorious employees being downgraded. While these victories clearly display the superior quality of the federal workforce, the department has refused to seek alternatives to the A-76 process.
The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) is the largest federal employee union, representing 700,000 workers in the federal government and the government of the District of Columbia.