Another Union Win: VA Rescinds the Executive Orders

In yet another rebuke of the administration's anti-democratic, anti-worker executive orders, the Department of Veterans Affairs recently rescinded the order denying employees their representational rights at work. 

Previously, the order had severely limited union officials’ access to office space, equipment, and official time to represent workers – but it was struck down on August 24 by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.  

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson ruled that the Trump administration’s May 25 executive order on official time violated the U.S. Constitution and the separation of powers as established in lawand were invalid. On Aug. 29, the Office of Personnel Management directing agencies to rescind the provisions of the orders that were enjoined.  

The VA, which had indicated to some locals that it would not abide by the court’s decision, now has officially begun to comply.  

“While we knew the president and his administration overstepped when they issued their union-busting executive orders in May, it’s a welcome relief seeing agencies comply with existing collective bargaining agreements and court orders,” said AFGE President J. David Cox Sr. “The men and women who care for our nation’s veterans at the VA had taken hit after hit since President Trump took office. But in the last month they’ve had their rights at work restored and anti-labor laws struck down, showing that we are in the right and have the law on our side.”  

The decision by the VA to fall in line with the judge's decision comes less than a week after an independent arbitrator ruled the VA was found to be in violation of the existing Master Agreement between the agency and AFGE by improperly implementing the VA Accountability Act. That decision, when finalized, will allow workers who had been improperly disciplined to be rehired, receive backpay, and will prevent further misuse of the so-called Accountability Act.  

“Our fight against this anti-worker administration is far from over, but we are turning the tide,” said Cox. “The courts are on our side. Arbitrator rulings show we’re in the right. And we’re seeing more and more concerned citizens stepping up to fight back. With each passing day we know that the administration sees the American people support our public servants and rights at work for all working people.”  

Recent AFGE News:

Alice Hamilton Changed the World. Do You Know Her Story?

September 21, 2018

Our workplace is a lot safer today than it was 100 years ago, thanks to the health and safety advocates who fought for protections for all workers. There is one person in particular, however, who took it upon herself to study job-related diseases and deaths among industrial workers at a time when no one else was paying any attention.

Read More

Closure of FLRA Dallas Office Leaves Fed Employee Rights in Jeopardy

September 17, 2018

The Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) is a tiny agency tasked with resolving labor-management issues involving more than 2 million federal employees. These issues range from unfair labor practices (ULP) to arbitration appeals to union elections. Federal employee unions go to the FLRA to challenge agencies’ unfair practices or failures to follow their own policies, among other things. But office closures across the country are leaving workers without a place to turn.

Read More

Join AFGE Today


Weekend of Action

Fight Back the EOs

AFGE Events

Event Calendar is for Members Only. Please Log In to see our calendar of events.


SUBSCRIBE Latest news & info