Federal employee union sues president
- By FederalSoup Staff
- May 31, 2018
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.