Union opposes OPM nominee

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.

Reader comments

Thu, May 23, 2019

Maybe a gym membership is in order.

Tue, May 21, 2019

Are you squealing yet ?

Thu, May 16, 2019

Another political hack minion who will destroy civil service and those who serve the nations public. Kudos go out to the minions in congress and senate. Do not expect anything and one will not be disappointed. Maybe Scott Pruitt can assist her in determining political appointees ethics education while asking Zenkhe for his advice.

Wed, May 15, 2019

Another political appointed minion who will assist the democrats and republicans to further destroy civil service. It has already gone down hill starting with Carter, Bush Jr, Clinton and of course Trump. What is another step to rock bottom this nominee has all the great potential for destructive policies.

Wed, May 15, 2019 luke

Ooooo. It's Trump's fault. Boohooohooo. ". . .it will be important to have a Director of OPM who appreciates the merit system and the civil service." And, THERE'S the disconnect. OPM hasn't appreciated the merit system for a long, long time. Unions are the problem here, not the president.

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