AFGE: Court decision to block union appeal of anti-worker executive orders a ‘sad day for country’

GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES have been fighting for more than a year to block implementation of the President Trump’s union-busting executive orders depriving federal workers of their rights. Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the administration.

Washington – The U.S. Court of Appeals last week denied the American Federation of Government Employees’ (AFGE) request for reconsideration of its July ruling clearing the way for the Trump administration to enforce three union-busting executive orders depriving federal workers of their rights to address and resolve workplace issues such as sexual harassment, racial discrimination, retaliation against whistleblowers, workplace health and safety and reasonable accommodations for workers with disabilities.

The executive orders, part of an ongoing effort to constrain federal unions and strip federal employees of their protections, will:

  • Restrict the use of “official time” that union officials can spend representing their members in grievances and other issues.
  • Limit the issues that can be bargained over in union negotiations.
  • Roll back the rights of workers deemed to be poor performers to appeal disciplinary action against them.

“The court’s decision not to grant an en banc rehearing of this vitally important case with far-reaching effects across the federal government is a sad day for the country,” said AFGE President J. David Cox Sr. In law, an en banc session is a session in which a case is heard before all the judges of a court rather than by a panel of judges selected from them.

“While we review our options, hundreds of thousands of federal government workers will suffer as their access to union representation at the worksite is stripped away by the implementation of President Trump’s union-busting executive orders,” Cox said.


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