Enid Doggett (202) 639-6422 Mark Roth (202) 639-6415
Hundreds of Federal Employees to Protest at Labor Authority Headquarters
WHAT: Rally at the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) and the Federal Service Impasses Panel (FSIP) Against Biased Labor Rulings
WHERE: Federal Labor Relations Authority, Headquarters 1400 K Street, NW
WHEN: Wednesday, July 14, 2004, Noon
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) will be joined by other Washington area unions to rally in protest of what they call biased labor rulings of the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) and the Federal Service Impasses Panel (FSIP). The rally will be held in front of the Headquarters of the FLRA, located at 1400 K Street, NW, on Wednesday, July 14, at noon.
"We are protesting the recent rash of anti-union, anti-employee, anti-collective bargaining, and anti-logic opinions these two bodies have issued that reverse decades of consistent precedent and attempt to politicize the workplace with radical rightwing philosophies that are contrary to law and principles of good government," said AFGE National President, John Gage.
"These two very important agencies have lost all credibility and, as one member of the FLRA has repeatedly said in her numerous dissents: have shown their open disdain and 'contempt' for the collective bargaining process," Gage continued.
In contrast, when Congress established the FLRA and FSIP in 1978, with the enactment of the Federal Service Labor Management Statute, it declared that that "Collective bargaining is in the public interest." The FLRA and FSIP were established to resolve disputes between agency management and the unions representing federal workers. Because federal workers are prohibited from conducting a strike, the FSIP also provides an alternative course of remedy.
The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) is the largest federal employee union, representing 750,000 workers in the federal government and the government of the District of Columbia.