Unions Withdraw from NSPS Meet and ConferMonday, May 16, 2005
Contact: Randy Erwin (202) 216-4451 (office) (202) 898-1866 (fax)
Washington, DC â€“ Today, several national unions, which collectively represent over 100,000 Department of Defense (DoD) employees, withdrew from participation in the department's meet and confer process, a protest of the Pentagon's underhanded collaboration with federal employee unions.
"This meet and confer has been a sham," said Richard N. Brown, National President of the National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE). "DoD had a statutory obligation to collaborate with the unions, but they refused to have meaningful discussions about the most important issues. In our minds, meet and confer has not even begun."
Unions joining in the protest included: NFFE, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW), International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), National Association of Government Employees (NAGE/SEIU), and Metal Trades Department of the AFL-CIO.
"We have been told for the last 14 months that the employees at DoD would have an opportunity to provide their input. Well that was a bald-faced lie," said Brown. "This process has been nothing but an attack on the rights of federal workers. Our union will no longer participate."