Defense Unions Blast NSPS in SenateThursday, November 17, 2005
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Washington, DC – Today, at a hearing in the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, unions representing workers at the Department of Defense (DoD) voiced serious concerns with the National Security Personnel System (NSPS) final regulations issued days ago.
"In broad terms, our organization is extremely dissatisfied with the NSPS regulations," said Richard N. Brown, National President of the National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE) in written testimony submitted to the committee. "It is our opinion that the authorities granted to DoD under the new regulations are overly-broad and excessive. More importantly, they are not in compliance with the law."
The unions voiced concerns over the labor/management process leading to the development of the regulation as well as the specific provisions contained within the regulations. Those included: the flawed meet-and-confer process, the unlawfully reduced scope of bargaining, the vague and incomplete pay-for-performance system, and the unfair system for employee appeals.
"Our hope is that Congress will not allow the Pentagon to turn its back on the most important resource it will need to carry out the mission of protecting this country: the dedicated Defense workers," said Brown.
Ron Ault, President of the Metal Trades Council of the AFL-CIO and John Gage, President of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) provided oral testimony at the hearing.