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PostPosted: Sat May 26, 2018 7:15 am 
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The Trump administration unveiled a set of executive orders late Friday afternoon aimed at weakening unions that represent federal workers and making it easier for agencies across the government to fire their employees.

Senior administration officials told reporters on a call Friday afternoon that the executive orders will do the following:

  • Shorten the length of time federal workers have to improve their performance after receiving a bad review, from 120 days to just 30.
  • Encourage federal agencies to terminate poor performers rather than suspending them.
  • Direct federal agencies to renegotiate their union contracts, and make those contracts publicly available online “so American people can see them.”
  • Encouraging agencies to conclude labor negotiations in less than a year.
  • Severely restrict the use of federal worker unions’ “official time” — which elected shop stewards currently use to mediate workplace grievances. Going forward, federal workers can spend no more that 25 percent of their time on union or other non-agency business.
  • Charge unions rent for the use of federal office space for that “official time” work.

Andrew Bremberg, the director of Trump’s Domestic Policy Council, said the changes would “advance merit system principles and accountability” and “make it easier for agencies to remove poor performing employees and ensure taxpayer dollars are more efficiently used.” He and other White House officials claimed the rule changes would save taxpayers at least $100 million each year.

But Jacque Simon, the political director of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), warned that the new rules weaken the ability of federal workers to protect themselves from politicized employment decisions.


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PostPosted: Sat May 26, 2018 12:48 pm 
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The Trump administration unveiled a set of executive orders late Friday afternoon aimed at weakening unions that represent federal workers and making it easier for agencies across the government to fire their employees.

Senior administration officials told reporters on a call Friday afternoon that the executive orders will do the following:

  • Shorten the length of time federal workers have to improve their performance after receiving a bad review, from 120 days to just 30.
  • Encourage federal agencies to terminate poor performers rather than suspending them.
  • Direct federal agencies to renegotiate their union contracts, and make those contracts publicly available online “so American people can see them.”
  • Encouraging agencies to conclude labor negotiations in less than a year.
  • Severely restrict the use of federal worker unions’ “official time” — which elected shop stewards currently use to mediate workplace grievances. Going forward, federal workers can spend no more that 25 percent of their time on union or other non-agency business.
  • Charge unions rent for the use of federal office space for that “official time” work.

Andrew Bremberg, the director of Trump’s Domestic Policy Council, said the changes would “advance merit system principles and accountability” and “make it easier for agencies to remove poor performing employees and ensure taxpayer dollars are more efficiently used.” He and other White House officials claimed the rule changes would save taxpayers at least $100 million each year.

But Jacque Simon, the political director of American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), warned that the new rules weaken the ability of federal workers to protect themselves from politicized employment decisions.


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Encourage federal agencies to terminate poor performers rather than suspending them.

30 days isn't enough time to evaluate how well an employee is doing since the first couple of months the employee is learning the details, policies, and their position within their organization. Unless the employee is a total loser almost everyone would get a good evaluation.

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Direct federal agencies to renegotiate their union contracts, and make those contracts publicly available online “so American people can see them.”

Union contracts are public documents and can be requested. The government provides supervisors a copy of the union labor agreement so they know what can/can't be done, how to handle unproductive employees, what the grievance are, the right of the employee, etc..

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Encouraging agencies to conclude labor negotiations in less than a year.

This is meaningless in that it establishes no time limit on concluding the negotiation. Negotiation time limits is dependent upon how willing the government and the labor union are to honestly negotiate.

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Severely restrict the use of federal worker unions’ “official time” — which elected shop stewards currently use to mediate workplace grievances. Going forward, federal workers can spend no more that 25 percent of their time on union or other non-agency business.

This is an attempt to bust unions. An employee has the right to have a union investigate a grievance as well as have a union official present to represent or assist them when dealing with management or disciplinary actions. Limiting the amount of time a union official has to do their union duties under the labor contract denies representing employees giving management an unfair advantage over the employees.

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Charge unions rent for the use of federal office space for that “official time” work.[/list]

Again, another attempt to bust unions. By charging them rent Trump wants to reduce the amount of money unions can use to represent their employees.

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