The Ranking Member of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Representative Elijah Cummings (D-MD), has sent an official request to the committee’s Chairman, Trey Gowdy (R-SC), for a subpoena to be issued to depose Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Director Jeff Pon regarding OPM’s actions, and guidance to agencies, following a judge’s ruling against substantial portions of the administration’s May 25, 2018 Executive Orders (EOs) to restrict the rights of federal employees and labor organizations.
Following’s NTEU’s court victory in August, where a federal judge ruled that significant portions of the EOs violated federal labor relations statute, we have insisted that certain NTEU-represented agencies, including the Department of Health and Human Services and the Social Security Administration, fulfill their legal obligations by resuming bargaining.
In recent months, NTEU has also worked to educate members of Congress about the EOs’ harmful impacts on chapter leaders, bargaining unit employees, and labor organizations. In an earlier joint letter to Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney and OPM Director Jeff Pon, Representative Cummings sought detailed information, and a briefing, from the administration about its plans and timelines to comply with the judge’s August orders. Representative Cummings also asked for any guidance and direction provided to certain agencies about returning to the bargaining table and their overall bargaining status prior to the issuance of the EOs. OPM Director Pon has now refused to provide a briefing, resulting in the request for a deposition of Director Pon in order to ascertain what OPM is instructing agencies to do in order to meet their statutorily required bargaining.
I will share additional details on this topic as they develop. Rest assured that NTEU is committed to engaging all available avenues to fight against the EOs and any attempts by agencies to ignore labor laws.