FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 15, 2005
Jemarion Jones
(202) 639-6405

AFGE to Hold Press Conference on Next Steps Following DHS Personnel System Ruling

Who: AFGE National President John Gage, General Counsel Mark Roth, Homeland Security Council President Chuck Showalter and AFGE Defense Conference Chair Don Hale

What: A press conference to discuss the union's next steps following a federal court judge's decision to block implementation of the Department of Homeland Security personnel regulations.

When: Today, Aug. 15 at 2:30 p.m.

Where: 80 F Street, NW, 11th floor.

Interested parties also can call in at 877-494-5165, participant code 475649.

(Washington)—After U.S. District Judge Rosemary M. Collyer declared the DHS personnel system illegal on Friday because it failed to protect union and workers rights, the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) is calling on DHS to scrap the personnel plans and asking Congress to “start over” in its efforts to revamp the DHS personnel system.

In January, AFGE and four other unions filed suit challenging the proposed system on the basis that it violated the Bill of Rights, among other issues. In June, the unions filed a motion to stop the implementation of the rules and on July 15, Judge Collyer suggested to DHS that it withhold implementation until Aug. 15. The rules, which were scheduled to go into effect today, would have impacted hundreds of thousands DHS workers in the District of Columbia.

“The run-up to implementing this system has already costs taxpayers millions of dollars and the system that DHS tried to implement was not what was envisioned by Congress,” says AFGE National President John Gage. “Now that the system has been declared illegal, maybe now we can devise fair and efficient personnel regulations that will create a win-win situation for both workers and DHS.”

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