DoD to Delay Implementation of NSPSWednesday, September 12, 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Randy Erwin, NFFE Legislative Director
Phone: (202) 257-0948
July 2, 2007, unions representing DoD employees
filed a submission with the Court of Appeals
for the D.C. Circuit requesting a review of the
Court's decision regarding the NSPS case.
That request was not granted by the
Court. A sister union filed a request
with the Court of Appeals for a stay on the
issuance of the mandate that is necessary to
implement the May 18, 2007 decision of the
Court of Appeals, but that request was also
denied by the Court. When the
Despite the authority DoD will soon have to implement NSPS, the Department will not move bargaining unit workers under the system in the very near future, a few months presumably. This delay is likely due to pending legislation in both the House and Senate versions of the fiscal year 2008 Defense Authorization bill that would fundamentally alter NSPS.
â€œIt is a relief to hear that DoD is not going to attempt to implement NSPS before the changes to the program are finalized,â€ said NFFE President Richard N. Brown. â€œI believe they are doing the right thing in holding off implementation for a while.â€
â€œIt would be unfair to make collective bargaining agreements null and void when restoration of bargaining rights is very likely to be restored by Congress in the coming months. Waiting to see how the legislation pans out is the responsible thing to do,â€ said Brown.
DoDâ€™s release can be viewed here: http://www.cpms.osd.mil/nsps/lr.html
Established in 1917, the National Federation of Federal Employees is the oldest union representing civil service federal employees. NFFE currently represents 90,000 federal employees government-wide, including 45,000 in the Department of Defense. NFFE is affiliated with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.