NFFE Applauds House Panel's NSPS Reform Language

Wednesday, May 9, 2007


Contact: Randy Erwin, NFFE Legislative Director

Phone: (202) 257-0948

Washington, DC – Yesterday, the House Armed Services readiness subcommittee approved language to amend the law establishing the National Security Personnel System (NSPS), a controversial personnel reform at the Department of Defense (DoD). 

The language, if passed into law, would restore collective bargaining rights and adverse action appeal rights for hundreds of thousands of Defense workers. 

“Collective bargaining and a fair system of employee appeals are basic rights that all workers deserve. The courts have been very clear that DoD could not strip the employees of these rights.  Now Congress is making that point clear to the agency,” said Richard N. Brown, NFFE president.

The language passed by the subcommittee would leave in place DoD’s ability to create a pay for performance system.  However, the unions would have a greater role in establishing the terms of the pay system.

“Pay for performance is an idea that can work, but only if it is implemented correctly.  We are afraid that if DoD is making all of the decisions on pay without input from the employees, the workers are going to end up with the short end of the stick.  This language gives DoD the flexibility they need for reform, but ensures workers get a say in the new pay system,” said Brown.

“The unions applaud Chairman Ortiz and the readiness subcommittee for their leadership on NSPS,” said Brown. 

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