Court rules against Trump executive order on firing federal workers

On Saturday, D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson struck down President Trump’s May executive orders limiting the power of federal employee unions which would have made it easier to fire federal workers.

Trump issued the orders in attempt to restrain federal public-sector associations. Trump argued that the orders would save taxpayers $100 million per year by limiting the amount of time required to fire poor-performing federal workers and ordering the renegotiation of collective bargaining agreements.

“Tenured Federal employees have stolen agency property, run personal businesses from work, and been arrested for using drugs during lunch breaks and not been fired,” a White House statement read in May.

Multiple labor unions sued to block the executive orders, reasoning that Trump lacked authority to make the changes without prior approval from Congress.

Judge Jackson wrote that Trump exceeded his authority in issuing the directives by undermining federal employees’ right to bargain collectively as protected by the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations statute passed by Congress in 1978.

Jackson left some elements of the presidential directives intact, however, by upholding the ability of an agency to use discretion in firing an employee without going through graduated steps and to impose contracts if unions delayed negotiations in bad faith.


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