I’m posting this note from Jim Furnish separately from our previous discussion on the topic, as I appreciate his ability to get the information from the Chief directly, and I think it’s important. We will hear many more bad things, no doubt, between now and November. I doubt that it will change anyone’s mind about who to vote for, but plenty of $ will be spent. I think it’s important to try to figure out what’s really happening, though. Again, many thanks to Jim and to Chief Christiansen for answering him!
After speaking with an RF and a For Supv I gambled and sent a direct email to Chief Thursday eve about 6:30 pm EDT. She called me immediately!! Yes, I remain surprised… but grateful!
We had a good discussion. Here’s what I know — Milwaukee job was just filled, and 3 other RF jobs are or soon will be vacant (Denver, Albq, Ogden). Chief did not specify how many, but suggested that others plan to retire soon. Advertising those only would make sitting RFs lame ducks pending retirement. Thus the decision to advertise all to create a pool to fill jobs quickly and seamlessly — might involve transfers, promotions, bring in hires from outside FS, etc. Chief Christiansen was strong in stating there is NO ulterior plan to sack a bunch of RFs, and there is NO NEXUS between jobs and Perdue letter. I believe her.
We discussed Perdue letter and I thought it should have come 2 years ago, not now. Too little, too late, almost laughable in effort to “make a difference”. She said Sonny has his way of doing things – he is guilty of ignoring or not understanding role that RFs play in delivering the goods, and is playing catch up. Timing is woeful.
I leave the issue believing the optics are awful, but innocuous with explanation.
Thanks again to Jim and to the Chief. Maybe we could hold off on assuming the worst before we run our own traplines.. say until November???