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Union targets TVA divestiture plan

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The International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers has asked to see a study that examines the potential privatization of the Tennessee Valley Authority.

In a March 11 letter to Office of Management and Budget Director Sylvia Burwell, Gay Henson, who is vice president of the IFPTE local that represents about 2,500 workers employed by TVA, formally requested a copy of the divestiture plan.

"As you can imagine," Henson wrote, "our union has a keen interest in learning the findings of the report. This is particularly true given the latest language included in President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2015 (FY15) budget proposal claiming that the administration 'stands ready to work with the Congress and TVA’s stakeholders to explore options to end Federal ties to TVA...'"

Henson reiterated the union's contention that "any attempt to divest part or all of TVA’s operations is misguided."

"That said, we would like see the study," Henson continued. "In addition to the study, we would like to learn of the funding source for the study."

On March 4, IFPTE President Greg Junemann also sent a letter to President Obama notifying him that the union could not support the president's budget proposal, in part because of the TVA privatization plans.

See more at: www.ifpte.org/downloads/news/manager/416c.pdf.

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