Union opposes OPM nominee
- By Sherkiya Wedgeworth
- May 14, 2019
The American Federation of Government Employees, AFL-CIO—the nation’s largest federal employee union—has officially opposed the nominee for the Office and Personnel Management.
AFGE, in a recent letter to leadership of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, who is considering the nomination of Dale Cabaniss, said she has “demonstrated a fundamental inability to run a government agency effectively. “
The letter continued: “When she headed the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA), an independent measure of morale at the agency indicated that employees’ job satisfaction declined, resulting in a loss more than 40 percent of its career workforce and a significant drop-off in productivity.”
As a measure of her effectiveness, 55 percent of the FLRA’s decisions issued during her seven-year tenure were overturned on appeal, according to AFGE.
The union contends that the Trump administration is trying to “dismantle the OPM by actions such as sending its operations to the General Services Administration, the Department of Defense, and the Executive Office of the President.
“AFGE is working to defend OPM and to prevent this reckless action from going forward, but if some or all of the Administration’s plan is carried out, to forestall a worst-case-scenario outcome, it will be important to have a Director of OPM who appreciates the merit system and the civil service,” the letter states, adding, “Dale Cabaniss’s record demonstrates that she does not have the requisite qualities to serve in such a capacity.
Read the full letter here.