Bush, Unions Clash on New Agency's Oversight; Request for 'Managerial Flexibility' Unsettles workers.(BUSINESS)

The Washington Times (Washington, DC), September 10, 2002 | Go to article overview

Bush, Unions Clash on New Agency's Oversight; Request for 'Managerial Flexibility' Unsettles workers.(BUSINESS)


Byline: Tom Ramstack, THE WASHINGTON TIMES

The dispute over unionized employees in the proposed Department of Homeland Security is coming down to choosing between national security or workers' rights.

President Bush told lawmakers at a White House meeting last week he would veto any bill that does not give him broad authority to hire, fire and determine pay for the 170,000 employees who would fall under the new Cabinet agency.

More than 44,000 of those employees are members of 17 unions. The two largest are the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) and the National Treasury Employees Union.

"It is important that we have the managerial flexibility to get the job done right," Mr. Bush said. "We can't be micromanaged. We ought to say, let's make sure authority and responsibility are aligned so they can more adequately protect the homeland."

Republicans are putting together two amendments that would give the president the "flexibility" he demands.

Democrats said they do not plan to change the current language of their bill that would give workers collective-bargaining rights. It also would keep current civil service procedures that control job rights of government employees.

A vote in the Senate is expected sometime in the next several weeks.

Current law forbids government workers from striking, although it gives them collective-bargaining rights. They can be fired immediately for violating the law.

"Union membership and collective bargaining has never been a risk to national security," said AFGE President Bobby Harnage. "That's something that the president's advisers came up with that is not only ridiculous - it's an insult."

Job rights are spelled out in Title V of the Civil Service Reform Act.

Title V gives management the right to override normal procedures and labor agreements in an emergency.

One section says, "Nothing in this chapter shall affect the authority of any management official of any agency - to take whatever actions may be necessary to carry out the agency's mission during emergencies."

Other sections describe hiring and firing procedures.

Currently, new hires require an average of five months, which includes writing job descriptions, posting notices of the openings and interviewing the top three candidates.

Before employees are fired, Title V requires a warning to a poor performer and a year to improve before the employee can be terminated. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Bush, Unions Clash on New Agency's Oversight; Request for 'Managerial Flexibility' Unsettles workers.(BUSINESS)
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.