Fort Monmouth job transfers to begin this summer

March 5, 2008 2:29:13 PM PST
The first Fort Monmouth employees to be transferred to a Maryland installation taking over the fort's responsibilities when it closes are slated to happen this summer. According to newspaper reports, by last Friday, 221 Fort Monmouth workers had applied for the jobs that will be transferred this summer to Aberdeen Proving Ground.

Fort Monmouth is slated to close by 2011. The Base Realignment and Closure Commission voted in 2005 to shutter it.

The 1,100-acre Army research and development installation sits in the Monmouth County towns of Tinton Falls, Eatontown and Oceanport.

Meanwhile, a federal judge allowed a suit by a union representing about 5,000 civilian employees at Fort Monmouth to go forward, a lawyer for the union told the Asbury Park Press. The lawsuit challenges the decision to close the facility.

The lawsuit, brought by the American Federation of Government Employees Local 1904, was put on inactive status last November.

The union is arguing that the cost of closing Fort Monmouth, originally a cost-saving measure, has been steadily rising and that the decision should be revisited.

"They can't keep incurring obligations they don't have approval for," Eugene LaVergne, a lawyer representing the union said.