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Unions: workforce executive orders causing ‘chaos’

Federal employee union representatives say that actions taken at agencies to restrict union activities while on the job have begun to cause chaos, Federal Times reports.

Federal agencies—including the Social Security Administration, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and others—began evicting unions out of their buildings as part of workforce orders implementation by the president, the article notes, adding that some employees don’t know how to contact their union representation anymore, and often have to coordinate overlapping break times to even discuss their cases with representation to ensure they are not on the clock.

Unions no longer have the information they need to adequately represent their clients, some have been told they could stay in the building if they pay rent, and it's also more difficult for representatives to bring issues of safety and security to management without being on the premises, the article notes.

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Mon, Aug 27, 2018

Elections have consequences, I wonder how many of these folks ironically voted for this executive action. #wetriedtotellya

Fri, Aug 24, 2018 Ben Toyama Pearl Harbor Hawaii

The unions help to increase productivity and efficiency. Most of the time for the union representatives are spent resolving problems and grievances which will improve the workers morale and efficiency.

The shipyard at Pearl Harbor have won awards for their performance for process improvement programs led by the Unions. This will all go down the drain without the Unions.

The Navy at NAVSEA will tell you that the Unions made a huge difference in Pearl Harbor and have saved the Navy millions of dollars every year.


Fri, Aug 24, 2018 Sam USA

No one gets or has any rights UNLESS they are also willing to Fight for their rights. All Federal Workers really need to all walk off on Strike until they have their Rights to organize and unionize totally restored. No Contract, No work. Every multi-million dollar salary CEO in the USA has a Contract.

Fri, Aug 24, 2018

There is bad mangers and bad employee. They need to start from the top and work their way down. If you are a strong will employee and let management know when they are wrong, then you become a bad employee. We work hard, and get a penny fade raise and we still work, the raise we get is taken by insurance increase, we are not appreciated and we still come to work.There is no respect in the work force at all and since that law has been passed about the union it has gotten worst, supervisor are lying, pointing finger in employees face, rude. So what is that. We as employee do have right and we are not childrens

Fri, Aug 24, 2018

Being from an Air Force base, I back our Commander in Chief. once the hiccups are out of the way , this transition will work fine. Change is very necessary. The unions can rent that space. Most offices thruout the U.S. government are only staffed / open 4 hours a day anyway.

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