Federal employee union sues president

The largest union representing federal employees has filed a lawsuit against President Trump alleging that his recent executive orders deny workers their legal right to representation in the workplace.

“This president seems to think he is above the law, and we are not going to stand by while he tries to shred workers’ rights,” AFGE said in a statement. “This is a democracy, not a dictatorship. No president should be able to undo a law he doesn’t like through administrative fiat.”

President Trump on May 25 signed three executive orders that will 1) limit the amount of time an employee can be under investigation for misconduct and encourages firings for underperformers, 2) states that employees who conduct union activities while on the job must spend at least 75 percent of their time doing government work and 3) calls for the Office of Personnel Management to renegotiate contracts with unions regarding the reporting of official time instead of working directly with individual agencies.

AFGE’s lawsuit, filed on May in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, challenges the executive order as violating the right to freedom of association guaranteed by the first amendment, and as exceeding the president’s authority under the constitution.

“Congress passed these laws to guarantee workers a collective voice in resolving workplace issues and improving the services they deliver to the public every day – whether it’s caring for veterans, ensuring our air and water are safe, preventing illegal weapons and drugs from crossing our borders, or helping communities recover from hurricanes and other disasters,” AFGE said.

View the lawsuit here.

Reader comments

Mon, Jun 4, 2018

Managers abuse their powers by degrading other employees those they supervise and others they do not. Thy write up bogus statements in performance evaluations and have such deficit attention disorder they can not explain the rationale on why such a performance standard was added to the employee's performance document. They travel for no such reason other than to avoid what they should be paying attention to. They need to be reassigned or given their walking papers. Too much over paid do little self-serving management bloat that impedes the work of talented rank and file civil servants.

Sat, Jun 2, 2018 L D Jamison Louisville KY

I'm disappointed in the comments here. I have experience under JFK XO and FLRA, all positive both as BU employee and labor relations specialist. Unions are generally a positive force.

Fri, Jun 1, 2018

This is a summary of the consensus here. The union people in my office had no teeth and could not even advice on procedure. Sooo many supervisors are not qualified to lead anything plus not qualified to do their main jobs. Stop hiring people who barely graduated from high school. Stop allowing those who barely graduated from high school to supervise college grads. Makes no sense to have these underachievers evaluate anyone. Stop supervisors who create a hostile environment which effectively makes it impossible for employees to perform on the job. Allow employees to grade supervises annually and demote or terminate those who dn make a good grade.

Fri, Jun 1, 2018 Bob Norton

Stand by for repeated attacks on unions. Trump is bad enough without Pence as his stooge back-up. "Right to Work" is in the trump cards. Time to watch "on the waterfront" again?

Fri, Jun 1, 2018

The unions have no teeth anymore. They cant do jack about these proposals. They talk a good game but in the end congress always wins. Not like the unions of the past unfortunately.

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