Unions react to elimination of labor-management council

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who was a member of the council, said she was disappointed, but not surprised, to learn that  the Obama-era order was revoked.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.”

Reader comments

Mon, Dec 4, 2017

Oh no, the unions have lost their lap dogs! Oh my, oh my. Tell me it isn't true. Isn't that (somehow) an impeachable offense?

Tue, Oct 3, 2017

As a manager Ombama did nothing nor did the union, AFGE, to promote employee increased productivity or morale. Employees were mot held accountable by the union for poor performance or conduct.

Tue, Oct 3, 2017 John

I'm not a never Trumper but this was a foolish move. There's plenty of government spending that should be curtailed or ceased altogether, but this council was saving money. The Trumpster Fire sometimes burns out of control.

Tue, Oct 3, 2017

The president is right. They made zero head way. Why they didn't doesn't matter. Quit throwing away dollars.

Tue, Oct 3, 2017

When you have a JA for president who doesn't have a clue, What more can one expect! Where does he get his information from? Instead of wasting time tying to undo what the former President has done, he needs to be about moving forward in a more positive direction. It appears he has no real positive direction to lead this Country in. It's all about money in his and his little cronies pocket. Come on MP, GET A Clue!!!!!

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