The Federal Workers Alliance (FWA), including IAM government employees and National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE-IAM) members, successfully defeated attacks against their rights to fair union representation.
FWA sent a letter opposing two separate amendments to the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act. The two amendments regulating official time were introduced by Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson (R-WI).
IAM International President Bob Martinez issued the following statement on the defeat of the Official Time Amendments to the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act:
“The defeat of unnecessary amendments targeting federal employee unions is a big win for working families. These shameful amendments targeted the very existence of federal employee unions and attempted to punish working families. Both are unnecessary attacks on federal employees who work on labor-management relations and represent federal employees.
“For more than 40 years, official time has been an important tool for management and workers to address workplace concerns. NFFE-IAM and the IAM will continue to stand against any attempt to weaken federal employee unions and silence the voice of federal employees in the workplace.”