Sen. Doug Jones calls out TVA for layoffs, outsourcing during pandemic

Current Work | Tue, 06/23/2020 at 02:57 PM

(Alabama Political Reporter) – U.S. Sen. Doug Jones, D-Alabama, on Tuesday expressed concern over the outsourcing of jobs to overseas workers for employees at the Tennessee Valley Authority. 

The TVA announced in January plans to outsource about 120 information technology jobs, according to the Chattanooga Times Free Press. 

“I stand with the Engineering Association today — and every day — as they watch their jobs outsourced to a foreign company in the middle of a pandemic,” Jones said in a statement. “The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) was formed to help grow this country’s middle class and bring the American economy out of the Great Depression. Clearly, the TVA has lost its way. It is unconscionable that they would send American jobs overseas, especially when so many folks are struggling and out of work in the worst public health crisis of our lifetimes. We need to do all we can to protect lives and livelihoods during this difficult time, and the TVA must reconsider this reckless decision.”

On June 3, the TVA gave formal notices to 62 IT workers that their jobs would be ending in 90 days, according to the Chattanooga Times Free Press. The TVA had already phased out nearly half of the 120 jobs when that announcement was made, according to the newspaper.

(Eddie BurkhalterAlabama Political Reporter)