Pentagon Wins Ruling On Labor Issues




 
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Pentagon Wins Ruling On Labor Issues
 
May 19th, 2007  
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Pentagon Wins Ruling On Labor Issues
Washington Times
May 19, 2007
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A federal appeals court said yesterday the Pentagon has the authority to pick and choose which labor issues it will negotiate with unions representing more than 600,000 civilian employees.
The policy has been on hold since early last year when a federal judge said it eroded collective-bargaining rights.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit overturned that ruling yesterday, saying in a 2-1 decision that Congress temporarily authorized the policy change until 2009.
The policy gives Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates greater flexibility to change workers' assignments and refuse to negotiate over certain issues.
The American Federation of Government Employees said the policy unfairly restricts the appeals process for unfavorable personnel decisions and allows the Pentagon to avoid negotiating at all.
 


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