December 2010: '"This program has led to abuses in hiring," said John Gage, president of the American Federation of Government Employees, the largest federal labor union. He also said it had created "a feeling of hostility in the workforce to the intern program."'http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/12/25/AR2010122502099.html
Role Name Type Last Updated Organization Head/Leader (past or present) American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Organization Dec 27, 2010
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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Apr 15, 2011 Unions Woo Airport Security Screeners
QUOTE: “There are no work floor regulations for us so when there’s an issue, management’s attitude is: ‘It’s our way or the highway...'”Many T.S.A. employees hope a union will help change the agency’s system for determining how workers get raises, a system they say is opaque and riddled with favoritism.
New York Times Dec 26, 2010 Obama to shut down Federal Career Intern Program
QUOTE: President Obama plans to issue an executive order, perhaps as early as this week, ending a federal internship program that critics say circumvents proper hiring practices. Since it began in 2001, the Federal Career Intern Program has been used to hire more than 100,000 people - few of them interns as traditionally understood and many of them border and customs officers who later became permanent-status federal employees
Washington Post May 21, 2007 Court Backs Defense Workplace Changes -- For Now
QUOTE: ...Defense Department could go forward with some of the most dramatic workplace changes planned for civil service employees in 30 years. The changes would sharply curb union rights at Defense and overhaul how the department's civilian employees are paid, promoted and disciplined.
Washington Post Mar 07, 2007 Personnel Issues Find an Audience on Capitol Hill
QUOTE: At the appropriations hearing, union representatives said they were concerned that the salaries of many federal employees keep falling behind those in the private sector...Rep. José E. Serrano (D-N.Y.), the chairman, and other panel members questioned the Bush administration's outsourcing initiative and asked what can be done to improve federal hiring practices.
Washington Post Jan 27, 2005 Civil Service System on Way Out at DHS: White House Wants All Agencies to Have Option of Setting Own Personnel Policies
QUOTE: The Bush administration unveiled a new personnel system for the Department of Homeland Security yesterday that will dramatically change the way workers are paid, promoted, deployed and disciplined -- and soon the White House will ask Congress to grant all federal agencies similar authority to rewrite civil service rules governing their employees.
Washington Post Oct 05, 2004 Partisan Politics at Work Criticized: Federal Employees Used as a 'Prop' in Bush Reelection Campaign in Violation of Hatch Act, Union Charges
QUOTE: ...federal employees cannot engage in political activity while on duty, use their official authority to influence an election, solicit money for a partisan candidate or run as a candidate for partisan office.
Washington Post Sep 01, 2004 Defense Department Actions in Union Talks Are Criticized
QUOTE: Talks between federal employee unions and the Bush administration over the development of a new personnel system for the Defense Department appeared to be on the verge of breaking down...
Washington Post Aug 18, 2004 Union Seeks a Rehearing After Administration Panel Rules Against It
QUOTE: ...AFGE contends that the panel failed to provide constitutional due process in the case because it did not hold a hearing, take testimony or subpoena any documents.
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