WASHINGTON – The American Federation of Government Employees is applauding the inclusion of numerous pro-worker provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which passed out of the House Armed Services Committee early Thursday.
AFGE advocated for the inclusion of these provisions on behalf of the 700,000 federal and D.C. government employees AFGE represents, including 300,000 in the Department of Defense.
“These measures will directly improve workers’ pay and job security and signify the critical role of civilian employees in serving our troops and maintaining our national defense,” AFGE National President Everett Kelley said.
The key pro-worker provisions included in the NDAA will:
In addition to the pro-worker language included in the NDAA, AFGE also was successful in preventing the inclusion of some recommendations from the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service that would have harmed the merit system by introducing subjective pay systems, substandard health care benefits, and expanded use of term and temporary hiring.