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Unions reviewing appeals court decision to reinstate workforce EOs

Labor leaders are expected in coming weeks to ask for a review of the decision by a federal appeals court to reinstate President Trump’s controversial workforce executive orders that weaken feds’ collective bargaining rights, but such requests are rarely granted and the examinations could take several years, Government Executive reports.

According to the article, the court agreed with the Trump administration that federal law requires unions to pursue cases related to collective bargaining at federal agencies first through the administrative the Federal Labor Relations Authority process, which adjudicates labor-management disputes and unfair labor practice complaints, and not the U.S. District Court.

The three May 2018 executive orders sought to reduce the length of performance improvement plans to 30 days, exempt adverse personnel actions from grievance proceedings, streamline collective bargaining negotiations, and significantly reduce the number of work hours union members can spend on official time, the article states, adding that unions contend Congress never intended for the FLRA— whose leadership is appointed by the president—to review the legality of presidential orders related to collective bargaining when it established the agency with the 1978 Civil Service Reform Act.

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