October 01, 2020

Tim Kauffman

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Largest Federal Employee Union Blasts Trump Administration Over Labor Authority’s Most Recent ‘Sham Decisions’

AFGE says meritless decisions must be overturned by a new administration and new FLRA

WASHINGTON – The Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) issued three decisions Wednesday that undermine and strip federal employees of their right to have a voice in the workplace.

The three policy decisions were made in response to requests made by the Office of Personnel Management, the Department of Education, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

“President Trump has packed the FLRA with union-busting appointees who continue to chip away at workers’ rights on the job,” AFGE National President Everett Kelley said. “These sham decisions further his agenda of eroding the rights of unionized workers to the point of nonexistence and underscore the need for change in November. We will be pursuing all legal options to challenge these decisions.

“But make no mistake, these are just the most recent in a four-year string of meritless decisions that must be overturned by a new administration and a new FLRA, properly constituted, to restore fairness and decency to the federal government,” Kelley said.

The decisions were issued by FLRA Chair Colleen Duffy Kiko and member James Abbott, both of whom represent the Republican majority on the panel, with member Ernest DuBester dissenting. In his dissent, DuBester said the authority failed to provide a reasoned explanation for not following its own precedent.

I can only conclude that the majority’s decision is driven solely by its disdain for the role of collective bargaining under our Statute and its relentless effort to marginalize the role of unions in the federal sector,” DuBester wrote. 

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