Wednesday, June 28, 2006


Good News On The Labor Front...

...and from the DC Circuit Court of Appeals, no less:

Unions win broad victory over DHS labor relations system By Karen Rutzick An appeals court on Tuesday rendered a severe blow to the Homeland Security Department's attempt to curb collective bargaining rights for employees, unanimously upholding and even broadening a lower court decision to strike down large parts of the department's new labor relations system. The unions that brought the lawsuit said the decision could mean they would now have the ability to bargain over pay -- something only a few federal agencies do -- if DHS continues to implement its new pay-for-performance system. A three-judge panel in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia found, like the lower court, that DHS' proposed system would illegally curtail collective bargaining rights for employees by giving management the ability to cancel negotiated agreements after the fact.
This effectively stomps on Bush's efforts to break the Federal unions using DHS as the wedge. They're already got their asses kicked in the DOD suit, and now they've been whacked in the noogies on this, too.

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