On Friday, the administration released three executive orders (EOs) attacking collective bargaining, official time, and employees’ due process rights. Here are the titles of the individual EOs:
- Developing Efficient, Effective, and Cost-Reducing Approaches to Federal Sector Collective Bargaining
- Executive Order Ensuring Transparency, Accountability, and Efficiency in Taxpayer Funded Union Time Use
- Executive Order Promoting Accountability and Streamlining Removal Procedures Consistent with Merit System Principles
Collectively, the three orders seek to undermine collective bargaining in the federal sector, create an additional bureaucratic body and bureaucratic reporting requirements for agencies, and encourage expedient removals of employees at the expense of deliberation and fairness.
As noted previously, the EOs reflect a clear animosity toward federal unions and are the administration’s strongest signal yet that it believes federal employees are dispensable, that it can bend a non-partisan civil service to its will and that access to union representation should be greatly diminished.
NTEU has completed preliminary analysis of the three EOs. Here are detailed documents that reflect NTEU’s immediate reaction. NTEU will continue to delve into the orders as we consider our legal, congressional, and negotiations options.
As far as practical effect, current contract provisions continue to govern. In our view, agencies will need to wait until mid-term reopeners or agreement expirations to negotiate for the regressive changes the EO calls for. Bargaining will be difficult on the agreements open now if agency negotiators follow the dictates called for in the orders rather than bargaining in good faith and reaching an agreement based on what is actually good for the agency and the public.
The status quo stands for now. We continue with the important and necessary work of representing employees, meeting with management, filing grievances if necessary, and generally improving the workplace so the American public is better served.
I will continue to share additional information on these executive orders and NTEU’s actions as it becomes available.