Second union files lawsuit over executive orders
- By Sherkiya Wedgeworth
- Jun 01, 2018
The National Treasury Employees Union has become the second federal employee union to challenge the president’s recent executive orders targeting federal employees.
NTEU on May 30 filed a lawsuit challenging two of the three executive orders issued by President Trump on May 25.
“The president cannot unilaterally change federal law,” NTEU president National President Tony Reardon said in a statement.
NTEU contends that executive orders — “Ensuring Transparency, Accountability, and Efficiency in Taxpayer Funded Union Time Use” and “Promoting Accountability and Streamlining Removal Procedures Consistent with Merit System Principles”— are unlawful because they conflict with the Civil Service Reform Act.
CSRA states that a union and an agency should negotiate for official time that is “reasonable, necessary and in the public interest,” and it does not impose limits on its use, according NTEU.
In addition, the union believes that the executive order addressing the removal of federal employees, violates chapter 43 of the CSRA because it calls for a performance improvement period of no more than 30 days but the law requires a reasonable period of time before removal and also considers the type of job and the nature of the alleged poor performance involved.
The lawsuit, which names President Donald Trump and Office of Personnel Management Director Jeff Pon as defendants, asks for these provisions in the two orders to be struck down.
“The idea that these executive orders will make the workforce more efficient, cost-effective to taxpayers and improve the morale of federal employees is absurd,” Reardon said, adding, “Any organization’s success is dependent on a workplace where employees feel valued and respected, and the president’s orders show that in his administration federal workers are neither.”
The American Federation of Government Employees filed its own lawsuit in federal district court just as well.