The House committee charged with overseeing the federal workforce passed bills on Tuesday that would strip hardworking employees of long-held rights and protections.
WASHINGTON – The House committee charged with overseeing the federal workforce passed bills on Tuesday that would strip hardworking employees of long-held rights and protections.
“By bringing up these ill-conceived bills just two weeks into the new year, it’s clear that House leadership is going to continue pursuing an anti-worker agenda,” American Federation of Government Employees National President J. David Cox Sr. said.
The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform passed bills that would double the probationary period for new employees and allow managers to permanently alter an employee’s personnel file with adverse actions taken after the employee has left the job.
“These bills would punish the whole workforce for the potential actions of a few and would undermine basic principles of due process that have been in place for decades,” Cox said.
The committee deferred action on two other bills, one that would artificially limit how much time an employee facing disciplinary action could be placed on administrative leave and another that would give managers unfettered ability to discipline employees under the guise of IT security.
AFGE outlined its opposition to the bills in a Jan. 11 letter to House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Jason Chaffetz of Utah and Ranking Member Elijah Cummings of Maryland.
The bills would: