FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 28, 2005
Jemarion Jones
jjones@afge.org
(202) 639-6419

Federal Workers to Converge On the Capitol to Protest Government-Wide Personnel Systems

What: Rally to protest federal government policies that will devastate the federal workforce and impair service to the American public

Where: Upper Senate Park the Capitol Between Union Station and Louisiana Avenue, NW

When: 12 noon to 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 12

Why: To voice concern over the ongoing assault against America’s federal workforce through the implementation of the National Security Personnel System (NSPS) and the Department of Homeland Security personnel regulations

Who: Workers from every agency in the federal government and members of the American Federation of Government Employees and the United DoD Workers Coalition

(Washington, DC)—Charging that proposed personnel system changes will have a devastating effect on the federal workforce and the American public, members and representatives from the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) and the United DoD Workers Coalition (UDWC) will converge on the Capitol to protest the National Security Personnel System (NSPS) and new personnel regulations at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

“Federal workers protect our homeland and food supply and provide necessary services in every area from education to law enforcement,” says AFGE National President John Gage. “The services that the American people depend upon will be severely disrupted or come to a screeching halt if these changes are put into place.”

The cornerstones of NSPS and the DHS personnel regulations involve replacing the GS pay scale with a pay-for-performance system and eliminating collective bargaining rights. Once implemented, these changes will result in lower salaries, the elimination of whistle blower protections, lowered worker morale and a severely comprised state of national security.

AFGE filed lawsuits against the DoD and DHS to block the implementation of NSPS and the DHS personnel regulations earlier this year.

“What is so frightening about this is that now the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is pushing legislation to get NSPS and similar personnel system changes implemented throughout the federal government,” says Gage. “If that happens, the entire federal workforce will be devastated and the American taxpayer will suffer.”

Speakers for the rally will be announced in the coming weeks.

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