Union versus NASA

The Washington Post’s “Federal Diary” column looks at the resistance potential NASA job cuts is facing from one union. Gregory Junemann, president of the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers, wrote a letter to the House Science Committee on Friday asking for “increased oversight” of the agency in light of reports that over 2,000 civil service jobs may be cut from the agency in 2007. Layoffs are possible, but only as a last resort if voluntary methods, most notably buyouts, don’t meet targets. It should be little surprise that most of the cuts are targeted at a handful of centers, including Ames, Glenn, Langley, and Marshall.

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