13 unions now suing President Trump

As of June 13, there were 13 unions representing federal employees a part of a lawsuit seeking an injunction from the court to block implementation of three executive orders issued by President Trump last month.

“Federal employees have rights under the law, and with this lawsuit, we are asserting those rights,” National Federation of Federal Employees National President Randy Erwin said in a press release.

“We believe his executive orders violate the law in many areas, and we are asking the courts to step in and block Trump’s unauthorized directives,” he added.

On May 25, President Trump signed three EOs 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.

The lawsuit was filed at the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and lead by NFFE with 12 other unions from across that country that represent 110,000 federal employees.

The unions contend that if implemented, the executive orders “would wreck the system of collective bargaining in the federal sector, eliminate meaningful due process for federal employees that is essential to American democracy, and make it all but impossible for federal employee unions to offer federal workers the representation that unions in the federal sector are required by law to provide,” the press release states.

“Together, these executive orders represent the front line of the assault on unions and working people. We view an attack on one as an attack on all. We will stop at nothing to resist these mean-spirited and unauthorized executive actions,” Erwin said.

Reader comments

Fri, Jun 15, 2018

IF the Unions were more prone to TRULY helping the employee and not the Supervisor, then I would tend to support these actions for the Union. I currently don't support these actions, because I've witnessed Union Representatives who are in these positions for him/herself. He/She sides with the Supervisors and then all of a sudden, the Union REP gets promoted. This happens a lot in the Shipyard. I can't get out of the Union, because if you are not a Supervisor, you are required to be in an Union. I'm a STRONG supporter of employees providing input on Supervisors' performance appraisals.

Fri, Jun 15, 2018

In reply to "The Federal Government guarantees due process..." - That Federal Employees are guaranteed due process is already the case without the intervention of Union representatives who, more often than not, provided little if any added benefit to the employee. I agree wholeheartedly with the executive orders. (a) Investigations into Federal Employee wrongdoing should be a ticket to ensure an open ended process that can be drawn out for years on end, as has been the case for many years. (b) I don't see any issue with ensuring that government employees who are union representatives spend at least 75% of their time doing their actual job, not the Union job. (c) Why must it be that management at the federal level must spend so much time and so many resources bargaining with individual agencies when the unions who represent these groups can do the job once instead of having to the same job hundreds of times separately? Tell me, what's wrong with any of that?

Thu, Jun 14, 2018 Robert Nessler

Interestingly, the majority of Federal employees support these changes because they know that terminating bad employees more quickly will make their employment better. It's only the bad employees, their Union, and the Dems in office that are complaining about these policy improvements.

Thu, Jun 14, 2018

There should be an investigation into IRS promotion practices for lower grades.

Thu, Jun 14, 2018

This isn't news. This is business as usual for the unions. They consider themselves to be entitled.

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