WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio (WDTN) - When Wright-Patterson contractor Tom McMasters found out he would have his pay cut in half, he came to 2 NEWS to get answers.
"They're not allowed to reduce costs by getting the employees to take huge pay cuts," McMasters told us.
Since we spoke to McMasters last week other contractors have come to us with stories of their pay being cut as well as part of what's known as the Acquisition of Consolidated Support Services or ACCESS contract.
So we took their questions to the Air Force's Life Cycle Management Center at Wright-Patterson.
"We award contracts that are fair and reasonable," says Col. Lloyd Blackmon, Acting Deputy Director of Contracting with the Life Cycle Management Center. "That's fair and reasonable to the government and to the contractors. In this case we feel like we did that."
But McMasters disagrees with his pay cut being fair or reasonable
So we asked Col. Blackmon about why the contractors are having their pay cut. He tells us it has a lot to do with the contract's competitive bidding process.
"Is it tough competition? Yes," Col. Blackmon says. "Did the government exact some savings in a very competitive market? Yes. That's as much as I can tell you at this point."
But McMasters says the pay cut violates the professional services clause in the contract..which says it's in the government's best interest to fairly compensate employees.
But Col. Blackmon says they looked into that clause and don't believe they violated it.
"We believe we're in full compliance in how that clause is supposed to be implemented," Col. Blackmon says.
2 NEWS is told 650 contractors fall under the ACCESS contract.
McMasters says some would leave rather than work for less, thereby leaving the base with less experienced contractors.
So we wanted to know if the work has suffered.
"Not that I've seen," Col. Blackmon says.
McMasters meanwhile says he's still working under the new contract. He's filed complaints with the Inspector General and the Department of Labor.
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