WASHINGTON - On Thursday, Oct. 18, a three-judge panel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit denied the Trump administration’s request to expedite responses to its appeal of a U.S. District Court ruling striking down the bulk of three anti-worker executive orders affecting 2.1 million federal employees.
In response, American Federation of Government Employees National President J. David Cox Sr. issued the following statement:
“I applaud the appellate court for rejecting the administration’s request to expedite the schedule, which AFGE and other unions opposed. The court was correct to deny the government’s motion because the government failed to show good cause for an expedited briefing schedule or that a return to the status quo, which prevailed for 40 years, was likely to cause irreparable harm to the government.
“At its heart, this case is about the administration’s attempts to deprive 2.1 million workers of their rights to work with agency management to address and resolve workplace issues such as sexual harassment, racial discrimination, retaliation against whistleblowers, improving workplace health and safety, and enforcing reasonable accommodations for workers with disabilities.
“The appellate court’s action means that the District Court’s well-reasoned order striking down the bulk of President Trump’s executive orders will remain in place while the appeal proceeds.”