As many as 1 million defense contractors here in the United States could be warned of possible layoffs prior to the November election. Obama cannot handle that … it would make him look bad! So he’s telling the federal contractors to ignore the WARN Act which requires a 60 day notice to a potential layoff by a federal contractor.
Heading into the long summer recess, congressional Republicans were in a frenzy over the issue, blasting the department for signaling to defense contractors that they’re not required to send pre-election layoff warnings to their employees.
The department has said it would be “inappropriate” for contractors to alert hundreds of thousands of workers that they’re at risk of losing their jobs if Congress fails to avert the $110 billion in automatic spending cuts, called sequestration, scheduled to roll out next year. About half of the cuts would be in defense spending, with the rest coming from other federal programs.
“To think that one of the agencies of the Obama administration would give guidance not to follow the law of the land – a judge would laugh at that,” McKeon told reporters.
The world’s largest defense contractor, Lockheed Martin, had said it would have to send WARN notices to the vast majority of its more than 100,000 employees, even though only about 10,000 of them would ultimately be laid off under sequestration.