Labor Payoff of the Day

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Jan. 30 2009 5:43 PM

Labor Payoff of the Day

Friday, January 30, 2009

Obama has issued a late Friday executive order requiring that when a government service contract expires--and there's a new contract to perform the same services at the same location-- the new contractor has to keep the old workers . Why ?

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The Federal Government's procurement interests in economy and efficiency are served when the successor contractor hires the predecessor's employees. A carryover work force reduces disruption to the delivery of services during the period of transition between contractors and provides the Federal Government the benefits of an experienced and trained work force that is familiar with the Federal Government's personnel, facilities, and requirements.

But what if the contract got switched because the previous work force, you know, sucked? ... P.S.: For example, the Obama administration itself can be seen as having won a new contract to perform the same Federal services, at the same location, as the previous contractor, the Bush Administration. Did Obama keep all of Bush's employees in order to reduce "disruption" and enjoy "the benefits of an experienced and trained work force that is familiar with the Federal Governments ... facilities"? I don't think so! ... [ via Shopfloor ] 3:12 P.M.

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