(WASHINGTON, D.C.)—The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) will testify before the U.S. Senate Monday regarding federal work force change proposals.
AFGE National President Bobby L. Harnage will testify before the Senate Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on International Security, Proliferation, and Federal Services on:
Monday, March 18, 2002
342 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Harnage is expected to testify that the “draft proposals offer little substance that will affect the rank and file federal employees AFGE represents.” Additionally, Harnage will point out that “if the privatization quotas are not repudiated and the Administration succeeds in handing over 425,000 federal jobs to the contractors, civil service reforms such as those in either the draft proposals or the Managerial Flexibility Act (S. 1612) or the Federal Human Capital Act of 2001 (S. 1603) will become even more irrelevant.”
Harnage will offer solutions that focus on creating an attractive workplace including providing comparable pay to employees, investing in the work force with proper equipment and training, and valuing workers so they reach their maximum potential, in turn helping to attract a new generation of workers.
The Monday hearing on the current and future work force challenges in the federal government will be the second Senate hearing for AFGE in as many weeks. AFGE testified on March 6, 2002, regarding federal service contracting.
AFGE is the largest union for government employees, representing 650,000 federal workers in the United States and overseas, as well as employees of the District of Columbia. To find out more about AFGE, visit www.afge.org.