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  • NTEU Urges House Vote on Bill to Protect Merit-Based Workforce
    Jun 02, 2021

    NTEU Urges House Vote on Bill to Protect Merit-Based Workforce

    Last week, the House Committee on Oversight and Reform voted favorably to approve bipartisan legislation that would require congressional approval to reclassify any position in the competitive service to one outside of the competitive service where the merit system principles may not apply.

    The NTEU-endorsed Preventing a Patronage System Act, sponsored by Reps. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), now goes to the full House for consideration. NTEU is urging the House to approve this important legislation protecting basic federal employee rights.

    “Schedule F was such a threat to our country’s 138-year-old tradition of a merit-based civil service that NTEU filed a lawsuit to block it,” said National President Tony Reardon. “With the Preventing a Patronage System Act, we would never again have to worry that a future president could ruin this pillar of our democracy with the stroke of a pen.”


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