Posted By Lambchop
Private military subcontractors and the DOD face some hard decisions as sequestration cuts become a painful reality.
A study by the nonprofit Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments says sequestration would force the Department of Defense to immediately lay off 108,000 full-time (civilian) workers by the end of 2012. That's just the tip of the iceberg. Other defense-related subcontractors would quickly follow suit, laying off tens of thousands of employees as military contracts are cancelled because of the budget sequestration plan signed off by President Obama.
Obama is following the example of Captain Francesco Schettino who abandoned his cruise ship, the Costa Concordia, after it capsized off the Tuscany coast killing at least 30 people, echoing Obama's mantra, “SAVE YOURSELF!”
In a cynical act of political gamesmanship, the Obama administration’s Labor Department issued new guidelines for defense contractors to ignore the layoffs prior to the November presidential election.
Over the summer, the Labor Dept. told contractors it would be “inappropriate” to issue earlier notification of potential layoffs tied to the sequestration measures, leaving employees without warning of impending job cuts. Not only is this a violation of federal law (the WARN Act), this lack of notification could also make companies liable for additional compensation if their employees are not given sufficient warning of impending layoffs. Obviously, the Obama administration is unconcerned about the employees being fairly notified, violation of existing federal law, or the cost and liability to the employers. Lockeed Martin balked at the heinous DOD guideline, and indicated in June that they most likely would not comply with the mandate and send out notifications to all employees despite the Dept. of Labor’s warning.
Yesterday, the OMB offered a carrot to go with the stick, proposing a deal to contractors to be compensated for legal costs if layoffs occur (due to contract terminations because of sequestration) —IF the contractors follow the Dept. of Labor guidance. A bribe for contractors with taxpayer dollars. In other words, the contractors will be compensated only if the contractors agree to hold off sending layoff notices until AFTER the November presidential election (so that Obama will not be blamed for the sequestration agreement or the layoffs). Merry Christmas to all the employees who will suffer under this despicable political ploy.
The Hill.com reported that Senate Republicans (who had accused the White House of trying to hide job losses after the first guidance was issued over the summer) said Friday that the new OMB statement “puts politics ahead of American workers.”
Perhaps the Republicans could issue a stronger statement?