Letterkenny will not lay off employees

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

Letterkenny Army Depot (LEAD) Commander Colonel Cheri Provancha made the following media statement this morning, “Letterkenny Army Depot is not conducting a layoff. I want to ensure that everyone is aware that we do not foresee a reduction in our workload requirements over the next year. We have come to the natural end of a labor contract, which is a normal administrative contract action. There is no foreseen reduction in workload at the depot. Employees under the old contract will be offered a position and have the right of first refusal under the new contract.”

On Jan. 30, 2009, President Barack Obama signed Executive Order 13495, Nondisplacement of Qualified Workers Under Service Contracts (Executive Order 13495, E.O. 13495, or Order), which establishes a general policy of the Federal Government concerning service contracts and solicitations for service contracts for performance of the same or similar services at the same location. This policy mandates the inclusion of a contract clause requiring the successor contractor and its subcontractors to offer those employees employed under the predecessor contract, whose employment will be otherwise terminated as a result of the award of the successor contract, a right of first refusal of employment under the successor contract in positions for which they are qualified.

“The new contract that will be awarded will employ 100 percent of employees; therefore, no layoffs will occur at Letterkenny Army Depot,” Provancha said.