Legislation Adversely Affecting Employee Due Process and Collective Bargaining Rights Introduced in the Senate

Companion bills to existing House anti-employee due process and collective bargaining rights bills are introduced in the Senate.

United States Senate logoTwo anti-federal employee bills have been introduced in the Senate as companion bills to those already introduced in the House. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) introduced S. 3200, the Modern Employment, Reform, Improvement, and Transformation (MERIT) Act of 2018, which lowers the burden of proof for agencies to remove an employee and expedites the appeal of employee removals. As you may know, the House companion measure, H.R. 559, introduced by Representative Barry Loudermilk (R-GA), passed the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on Tuesday with revisions.

Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI), chair of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, recently introduced the Federal Information Systems Safeguards Act of 2018, S. 3208, that would prohibit bargaining on adverse impacts on employees from agency IT decisions. The House companion measure, H.R. 5300, introduced by Representative Gary Palmer (AL-6), also passed the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on Tuesday.

NTEU strongly opposes these measures. Rest assured that we will continue our work with allies in both the House and Senate to block these punitive and outright anti-labor bills from being enacted.

For more information, please visit the NTEU Legislative Action Center.

Author: chapterpresident

I have worked in the FDA since 1990 in a variety of positions. I currently serve as chapter president of NTEU Chapter 254, representing FDA employees in Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah.