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Unions Oppose Trump’s Pick to Head Government Personnel Office


A broad coalition of labor organizations, including the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers and AFL-CIO, have launched strong opposition to President Donald Trump’s pick to head the government’s personnel office. The 16 unions stated in a letter to the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee that George Nesterczuk has a failing record in fostering a federal workplace “free of discrimination, nepotism, and political influence.” A former Republican Office of Personnel Management official, Nesterczuk helped develop the Defense Department’s National Security Personnel System (NSPS), which was a discriminatory system with disdain for due process worker protections and merit system principals—hallmarks of modern civil service. NSPS was repealed in 2009.


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