President Brown Sounds Off on DoD Labor Relations PlanMonday, February 9, 2004
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Washington, DC â€“ Today, at a Capitol Hill press conference featuring a collaboration of federal employee unions, Richard N. Brown, President of the National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE, FD 1, IAMAW) gave an impassioned speech regarding the restructuring of the labor relations system at the Department of Defense (DoD).
Calling the proposed labor relations plan submitted to union officials last Friday "trash" and "an atrocity," Brown demanded immediate action from federal employees and their representatives. "I am sick and tired of the federal employee and the federal representative sitting back for this many years and allowing [Rumsfeld] to pervert the law and put himself above the law."
Brown emphatically suggested federal employees should unite to oust President Bush in November "It's time to take this proposal and make it a performance appraisal for George W. Bush and vote him out in 2004. Period!"
The unions all vowed to stand united against the Department of Defense's attempt to eliminate collective bargaining. Other speakers included AFL-CIO President John W. Sweeney, American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) President John Gage, National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) President Colleen Kelley, National Association of Government Employees (NAGE) Director of Legislative Affairs Steven Lenkart, and Association of Civilian Technicians Attorney Dan Schemer.NFFE opposes the DoD plan because "It eliminates collective bargaining, abruptly terminates contracts in place, and has a number of other union-busting time bombs," said Brown.