NFFE-IAM members attending the IAM Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C. lobbied hard on Capitol Hill last week calling on House members to defeat a proposed anti-worker amendment that would have limited the official time union representatives are given to represent employees, an essential component of effective labor-management relations in the federal sector. Thousands more members across the country also helped spread the message by calling their Congressional representatives.
Now, thanks to their intense call-in and lobbying campaign, Amendment 38 to the National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 4310) filed by Georgia GOP Rep. Phil Gingrey was defeated. The amendment, a thinly-veiled attempt to strip federal workers of a voice in their workplace, was nearly attached to the Defense bill with just two days’ notice. The House Rules Committee determined the amendment was not in order.
“I’m proud of all the work our folks did this week to protect federal workers by making sure this amendment never saw the light of day,” said NFFE Legislative Director Randy Erwin. “Federal employees have been stepped on enough. We simply will not stand for attacks like these in Congress.”