Unions react to elimination of labor-management council
- By FederalSoup Staff
- Oct 02, 2017
Several unions have responded to President Trump’s decision to disband a council created during the Obama administration that encouraged partnerships between labor and agency management.
The Obama administration established the National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relations, comprised of related panels, as part of a 2009 Executive Order to create a platform for federal managers, employees and employees’ union representatives to discuss and address workforce challenges together. The goal was to improve the productivity and effectiveness of the federal workforce.
On Sept. 29, President Trump issued his own order revoking the Obama order, contending that the councils were a waste of time and money and did not achieve their goal of promoting collaboration within the federal workforce.
The Federal Managers Association National President Renee Johnson, who was a member of the council, said she was disappointed, but not surprised, to learn that the Obama-era order was revoked.
“The Council provided the chance to learn from others who have found success through labor-management discussions,” Johnson said. “Additionally, simply having the time together helped each of the organizations on the Council to better understand our colleagues and the challenges their departments and agencies face,” she added.
The National Treasury Employees Union called the move shortsighted, noting that the new administration also failed to extend the Federal Advisory Council on Occupational Safety and Health executive order. NTEU was a member of both councils.
“This is an ominous sign for the future of federal labor-management relations,” National President Tony Reardon, said, continuing, “For an administration that is trying to reduce operational costs and make agencies run more efficiently, to state that it is too time-consuming and costly to meet with its own employees is self-defeating.”