Unions Take a Walk: NSPS Collaboration OverWednesday, August 25, 2004
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Washington, DC â€“ Today, unions representing federal employees at the Department of Defense (DoD) walked out on Navy Secretary Gordon England and other DoD staff effectively ending the labor-management collaboration for the formation of the National Security Personnel System (NSPS).
"We have been frustrated with the process for a long time, and we have finally had enough," said Richard N. Brown, national president of the National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE), a union representing 45,000 employees at DoD.
Frustration had been growing among employee representatives over the last several months. Since DoD first released their NSPS concept paper this February, nothing has been done to address employee unions' concerns about the status of collective bargaining rights, veterans preference, overtime pay, third-party review of personnel decisions, and other issues under a new personnel system.
"This collaboration has been absolutely worthless," said Brown. "We refuse to continue coming to DoD making a good-faith effort to create a workable personnel system, while they come to waste our time.""It has become abundantly clear that DoD plans to implement whatever personnel system they see fit. Their meeting with employee representatives has just been a faÃ§ade of cooperation," Brown concluded.