first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News Many USDA Workers Refuse to Relocate With ERS, NIFA Many USDA Workers Refuse to Relocate With ERS, NIFA By NAFB News Service – Jul 17, 2019 SHARE Facebook Twitter Many Department of Agriculture employees refuse to relocate as part of a plan to move two agencies to Kansas City. At the Economic Research Service, 72 employees accepted relocation, and 99 declined or did not provide a response by the deadline on Monday. At the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, three employees agreed to move, and 151 declined. Politico reports those figures could shift until September 30, when staff is scheduled to report to the new Kansas City headquarters. The proposed move by Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue seeks to streamline USDA to reduce costs and place the two agencies closer to stakeholders. However, employees and opposition to the move say the number of workers exiting the two agencies represents a great loss of experience.Many of the impacted employees have allegedly told the American Federation of Government Employees they would move temporarily, until finding a job at their preferred localities. Staff of both agencies voted to join AFGE, a union representing federal workers, in protest of the proposal. SHARE Previous articleWTO Rules against US over Pre-Trade War Dispute with ChinaNext articleThe HAT Soil Health Podcast- Weed Control on Your Prevent Plant Acres NAFB News Service Facebook Twitterlast_img read more