Federal Union Coalition Argues Against DoD Personnel System (NSPS)

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Contact:  Randy Erwin   (202) 216-4451 (office)   (202) 898-1866 (fax)  


Washington, DC — Today, the United DoD Workers Coalition (UDWC), a coalition of 36 labor unions representing 750,000 Department of Defense (DoD) workers, argued against the Pentagon's National Security Personnel System (NSPS) before the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia


The case was argued before Judge Emmet G. Sullivan, who in the coming weeks will determine if DoD will be allowed to implement its controversial personnel system that will remove 750,000 civilian DoD employees from the Civil Service.  Arguing the case for the UDWC was a trio of lawyers appointed by the coalition: Susan Tsui-Grundmann, General Counsel for the National Federation of Federal Employees; Daniel M. Schember of Gaffney and Schember, P.C.; and Joseph Goldberg, General Counsel for the American Federation of Government Employees.


"We feel optimistic about our lawsuit," said Tsui-Grundmann.  "The DHS rulings last year established case law that will apply in this case.  We anticipate the court will block the implementation of illegal provisions in NSPS in much the same fashion as the DHS ruling."


A final decision is expected by Judge Sullivan by March 1, 2006.

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