FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 15, 2005
Emily Ryan
(202) 639-6421
eryan@afge.org

Homeland Security Union Responds to Selection of New Homeland Security Chair Peter King

(Washington)—The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) today congratulated U.S. Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) on his recent selection as chair of the House Committee on Homeland Security.

“As the union representing Department of Homeland Security, AFGE looks forward to working closely with Rep. King to enact legislation that will make a better, more cohesive DHS,” said John Gage, national president of AFGE. “AFGE has enjoyed a good working relationship with him in the past, and I am sure that will continue in the future.”

AFGE recently has won a number of lawsuits involving DHS, the most important of which was a decision that blocked the implementation of DHS’ personnel regulations, which AFGE contended were unconstitutional. The union has called on Congress to scrap the entire plan and start over. AFGE also won a DHS employee back her job after arguing that the agency did not prove their case of medical incapability, and won an EEO case involving discrimination against a pregnant TSA screener.

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