Fed Employees Union Sues Over DHS Rule

The rules, unveiled by the agency Wednesday after more than a year of negotiations, would violate the 2002 law creating the department, union officials charged.

The regulations include adopting a pay-for-performance system and building an internally run labor review board to oversee employee labor relations, among other changes from standard federal personnel policies.

While the unions said they were satisfied with certain aspects of the new rules, other changes will "irreparably impair the ability of DHS to retain the experienced employees it has today and recruit a top-notch workforce in the future," said National Treasury Employees Union President Colleen Kelley in a prepared statement.

Her union, along with the American Federation of Government Employees, the National Association of Agriculture Employees and the National Federation of Federal Employees, is expected to jointly file a lawsuit against the department and the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

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