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The Department of Defense is carrying out the union-busting program that began with Ronald Reagan and his mass firing of air traffic controllers in the early 1980s. Six labor unions have walked out of talks over work rules with Pentagon officials.
The Department of Defense wants to retain a proposed rule that would allow the Secretary of Defense to overrule or invalidate any labor contract or portion of it negotiated with the unions. The Department wants to maintain absolute control over the way employees are evaluated, promoted, and paid. Unions want consistent and fair rules.
In related matters, a number of member unions of the AFL-CIO are calling for the ouster of John Sweeney as head of the labor coalition. The major source of disaffection is over the amount of money and personnel devoted to union organizing.