FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 23, 2006
Kurt Gallagher
Jemarion Jones
(202) 639-6419

AFGE to Argue Against DoD Personnel System (NSPS) in Federal Court

What: AFGE, other civilian defense worker labor unions, to argue against the Department of Defense’s proposed National Security Personnel System before U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
When: Tuesday, Jan. 24, 10 a.m.
Where: U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, 333 Constitution Ave., NW, Courtroom of Judge Emmet G. Sullivan

WASHINGTON—The American Federation of Government Employees will argue its case against the Department of Defense’s proposed National Security Personnel System before the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia tomorrow, Jan. 24, at 10:00 a.m. AFGE Assistant General Counsel Joe Goldberg, along with two other representatives of the United DoD Workers Coalition, an umbrella under which unions representing civilian defense workers have organized, will appear before Federal District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan. The hearing will determine if DoD will be allowed to implement its controversial personnel system that will remove 750,000 civilian DoD employees from the Civil Service. Judge Sullivan will make his decision after hearing arguments on a lawsuit filed against DoD by the American Federation of Government Employees and its UDWC partners.

AFGE maintains that NSPS will devastate the federal workforce by ending nearly a century of civil service protections and decades of transparent, objective public sector personnel policies.
The DoD lawsuit mirrors a case filed by AFGE and other labor unions against comparable personnel regulations proposed by the Department of Homeland Security. Twice last year, Federal District Judge Rosemary M. Collyer ruled to block implementation of the DHS proposal because of illegal provisions.

If implemented, NSPS would eliminate the decades old general schedule (GS) pay scale system and other federal workplace rules. AFGE argues that DoD defied Congress by refusing to engage in any meaningful collaboration with the unions representing the department’s employees, as called for in the legislation that authorized the creation of NSPS. AFGE has stated consistently that NSPS will gut worker pay, eliminate collective bargaining rights, render whistleblower protections moot and waste millions of taxpayer dollars.

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