Roughly 57% of employees given relocation notices at the Economic Research Service and 67% of such employees at the National Institute of Food and Agriculture have rejected USDA's reassignment to Kansas City.
A newly formed collective bargaining unit representing employees at the Agriculture Department's Economic Research Service has demanded USDA delay any relocations to the Kansas City region until it bargains over the move.
The Agriculture Department said it chose the Kansas City region as the new site for the Economic Research Service and National Institute of Food and Agriculture headquarters because it would save the agency real estate, staffing and other costs.
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said the USDA relocation will save government $300 million over 15 years. About 100 employees are expected to move out of the national capital region by Aug. 1.
In today's Federal Newscast, USDA reveals where the agency is looking to relocate the Economic Research Service and National Institute of Food and Agriculture.