WASHINGTON – American Federation of Government Employees National President J. David Cox Sr. issued the following statement in response to the ruling issued earlier today by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in the Conyers and Northover litigation:
“AFGE is disappointed that the Court of Appeals dismissed our appeal and with it the due process rights of tens of thousands of current and future federal workers. AFGE’s appeal had challenged the denial of due process appeal rights for employees seeking review before the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) after having been found ineligible to occupy ‘noncritical sensitive’ positions.
“Due process rights are the very foundation of our civil service system. That system itself has been undermined by the Court today, if this ruling is allowed to stand. AFGE's attorneys are evaluating the lengthy opinion and we expect to seek Supreme Court review. AFGE will leave no stone unturned in this litigation as long as the appeal rights of our members are at stake.”