Unions in Court over DoD Personnel System

January 26, 2006 – The United DoD Workers Coalition, a coalition including the IAM and 35 labor unions representing 750,000 Defense Department workers, argued against the Pentagon’s National Security Personnel System before the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia this week.

The case was argued before Judge Emmet G. Sullivan, who will determine if department will be allowed to implement its controversial personnel system that will remove 750,000 civilian employees from the Civil Service. 

“We feel optimistic about our lawsuit,” said NFFE lawyer Susan Tsui-Grundmann. “The Department of Homeland Security rulings last year established case law that will apply in this case. We anticipate the court will block the implementation of illegal provisions in the new personnel system in much the same fashion as the DHS ruling.”

A final decision is expected by Judge Sullivan by March 1, 2006.