March 29, 2006
Jemarion Jones
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AFGE Responds to Administration's Suggestion to Drop Labor Relations Provisions of Personnel Reform

The American Federation of Government Employees issued the following statement in response to suggestions that the administration may be willing to shed the labor relations portion of its proposed personnel reforms:

Two federal judges have now shown that the administration deceived the Congress and government employees when they promised to keep collective bargaining and due process as part of their attempted personnel changes in the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security. The administration’s latest pay scheme is another deception.

The suggestions from Office of Personnel Management Director Linda Springer are merely a smoke screen designed to mask the real issue: the administration’s determination to ram through a pay system designed to suppress the future wages of federal employees. The administration has created an illusion to mislead people by calling it pay-for-performance. Contrary to what the name suggests, the administration’s pay system would not pay employees based on good work performance.

Just ask the nearly 2,000 employees who filed a claim against the Federal Aviation Administration. Many of these employees were rated as “outstanding,” but they did not receive a pay raise for three years. In the 1980s, the administration tried to make this type of system work and failed miserably. The current administration has zero creditability on this issue.

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