13 unions now suing President Trump
- By Sherkiya Wedgeworth
- Jun 13, 2018
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.