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NFFE Applauds Senate Armed Services Committee for Restoration of Collective Bargaining Under NSPS

Friday, May 25, 2007
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Randy Erwin, NFFE Legislative Director

Phone: (202) 257-0948

Washington, DCToday, the Senate Armed Services Committee released the contents of the Defense Authorization Bill for fiscal year 2008.  Included in the bill was a provision to do the following:

“To repeal the existing authority of the Department of Defense to establish a new labor relations system under the National Security Personnel System (NSPS). This would guarantee the rights of DOD employees to union representation in NSPS. This provision would permit the Department to continue its effort to develop a new pay-for-performance system, if the system is implemented in a manner that is consistent with existing federal labor relations law.”

Link to the release: http://armed-services.senate.gov/press/08mark.pdf

In response to this release, National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE) National President Richard N. Brown issued the following statement:

“We are very pleased to see the Senate Armed Services committee take a stand against DoD’s effort to eliminate collective bargaining. 

“We don’t think that Congress ever truly intended to eliminate collective bargaining at DoD.  This provision makes it clear that the Armed Services committee wants collective bargaining rights for DoD workers left intact.

“The unions have known we would need a legislative fix for NSPS, and that is what this provision does, it fixes the problem.  This language probably does not address all of the issues we have with NSPS, but it does address our most pressing issue which is the ability to represent our members.

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