WASHINGTON – American Federation of Government Employees National President Everett Kelley issued the following statement in response to today’s publication of a final rule from the Office of Personnel Management related to federal employee hiring and disciplinary procedures:
“These rule changes erode key protections for civil servants that will make it easier for federal agencies to discriminate against federal employees and fire them for political reasons. Unfortunately, they are just the latest in a series of attacks by this administration on the apolitical government employees who serve our country with honor and distinction.
“AFGE will be reviewing this final rule very carefully and weighing our legal options accordingly, but it’s worth noting that none of the concerns raised by our comments were addressed in the final rule.
“In the meantime, we expect the Trump administration to make more desperate attempts to corrupt the civil service. Assuming Vice President Biden wins the November election, we will be calling on him to immediately reverse these and other anti-worker decisions.”