Jul 12, 2018

The New Combative Attitude Toward Employee Unions

     From Government Executive:

Officials with the National Treasury Employees Union said Tuesday that two agencies have begun efforts to implement President Trump’s recent workforce executive orders governing union use of agency property.
Last week, the Office of Personnel Management issued guidance on policy changes in light of the Trump administration’s effort to make it easier to fire federal workers, streamline the collective bargaining negotiation process, and curb union employees’ use of official time. While OPM Director Jeff Pon said the executive orders, which are subject to multiple legal challenges, do not “abrogate” existing bargaining agreements, he insisted that agencies move to change them at the “earliest date permitted by law,” and to change policies unilaterally once an agreement expires.

NTEU National President Tony Reardon said that last week, the Social Security Administration’s Office of Hearing Operations informed the union that it plans to strip it of rent-free office space unilaterally. NTEU represents around 1,700 employees at the office.
The OHO-NTEU collective bargaining agreement had expired, but labor and management had already established ground rules for negotiations of a new contract.
Reardon said the union plans to argue against this action as part of the lawsuit it has filed along with 14 other federal sector unions against the Trump administration. The suit argues the executive orders conflict with the 1978 Civil Service Reform Act and exceed Trump’s authority as president.

“We do not believe that the agency can unilaterally implement these anti-employee provisions without bargaining, as required by the current statute governing labor relations in the federal government,” Reardon said. “We look forward to arguing our case in federal court at the end of this month to preserve the workforce rights for the men and women of OHO.” ...


Anonymous said...

About time! Our union rep counted as one of our CRs, filled a spot on our office roster, didn't process much for public but sat around keeping under performers like him in positions. No place for a union in federal employment, don't like the perks, higher pay, cheaper insurance, work in the public sector.

Anonymous said...

Unilateral bargaining is not what made America great, and you don't make the country great again by breaking every covenant you made with your workers. What does Trump want to do, abolish OHO, take SSDI in house, and just decide every claim by himself? He spends less time vetting Supreme Court judges than some SSD hearings last.

Anonymous said...

About time to get rid of the lazy union stewards that don't care about the public, but keeping poor performers in their jobs.

Anonymous said...

Absolutely! Too many years of abuse, illiterate and unprofessional reps that don’t care about the public or hardworking staff. They use the bulk of the taxpayer funded union time defending dead weight employees and traveling at the government’s expense. Shameful!