Letter from Congress Requesting Details from the Administration on its Plans Post-Court Ruling for Agencies to Properly Engage with Labor Organizations and Employees

The Ranking Member of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has sent a letter to the administration requesting the plan to bring agencies into compliance with federal labor relations laws.

Representative Elijah E. Cummings
Representative Elijah E. Cummings

The Ranking Member of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Representative Elijah Cummings (D-MD), has sent a joint letter to the Directors of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Office of Personnel Management (OPM).

Following’s NTEU’s court victory on August 24th resulting in a federal judge ruling that significant portions of the May 25, 2018 Executive Orders (EOs) violated federal labor relations statute, we have demanded that certain NTEU-represented agencies cease their earlier attempts to, among other items, skirt bargaining, to unilaterally impose contract provisions, and to restrict communication with bargaining unit employees by denying office and meeting space and computer and IT access. In recent months, we have also worked to educate members of Congress about the EOs’ harmful impacts on NTEU chapter leaders, bargaining unit employees, and labor organizations.

This letter to OMB Director Mick Mulvaney and OPM Director Jeff Pon seeks detailed information, and a briefing, from the administration about its plans and timelines to comply with the judge’s orders, as well as its guidance and direction to certain agencies to return to both the bargaining table and to their respective overall bargaining status prior to the issuance of the EOs.

I will keep you updated on these issues as we continue to utilize all available avenues to fight against the EOs and any attempts to disrupt the labor-management relationship and requirements at federal agencies.

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.