FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 12, 2003
John Irvine
(202) 649-6405
Enid Doggett
(202) 639-6419

AFGE Launches 'D-Day' Grassroots Communications Campaign

(WASHINGTON, D.C.)--Thousands of Department of Defense (DoD) employees in 18 cities across the country will participate in a series of activities aimed at drawing attention to proposed changes to the DoD personnel system. 'D-Day for DoD Employees' on Tuesday, September 16, 2003, will shed light on efforts by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to dismantle the current personnel system.

"Our goal with the 'D-Day' grassroots communications campaign is to inform the American people and key members of Congress that the civil service laws that protect over 700,000 defense workers should remain in place--especially while America's at war in Iraq and Afghanistan, "said AFGE National President John Gage.

"National security is at stake should Rumsfeld & Co.'s hodgepodge personnel plan get through Congress," added Gage. "I'm hopeful the American people will prefer to keep the professional, merit-driven system we already have.

"Defense employees must take a stand now-there may not be a tomorrow," stressed Gage.

Numerous events and activities are planned in the following cities on and before D-Day: Washington, D.C.; Dayton, Ohio; Norfolk, Va.; Oklahoma City; Macon, Ga.; Colorado Springs, Colo.; Raleigh, N.C.; Topeka, Kan.; Montgomery, Ala.; St. Louis; Richmond, Va.; Roanoke, Va.; Philadelphia; Frederick, Md.; Evansville, Ind.; Greenville, N.C.; Albuquerque, N.M.; and Watertown, N.Y.

For more information on D-Day and the DoD Personnel Plan, log onto www.afge.org/DoD.

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