Statement by AFGE National President Bobby L. Harnage on the Nelson-Chafee-Breaux Compromise in the U.S. Senate re: Homeland Security
(WASHINGTON, D.C.)—"The Nelson-Chafee-Breaux compromise preserves the collective bargaining rights of the employees and will give employee representatives a seat at the table as management develops its personnel system.
"If this compromise holds through conference, then the new Department of Homeland Security will start off on the right foot by having a workforce that is energized to protect the American people.
"A better workforce will certainly make a better Homeland Security Department."
The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) is the largest federal employee union, representing 700,000 workers in the federal government and the government of the District of Columbia.