WASHINGTON, D.C.—John Gage, National President of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) today issued the following statement in response to House approval of the Department of Defense Authorization conference report:
“Republican House members caved to pressure from the Bush Administration and rubber-stamped a bad bill that basically changes the Department of Defense into a fiefdom for Donald Rumsfeld,” said Gage.
“The House GOP should be ashamed of abandoning the rights of some 700,000 Department of Defense employees, who are working hard to support our troops both here and in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as around the world.”
“Under guise of flexibility, employee union rights were gutted. This measure was passed in the name of homeland security but instead will only serve to pave the way for a patronage system where hard work and merit are not rewarded but political loyalty is paramount,” said Gage.