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Judge Halts Trump’s Federal Workforce Orders

Aug. 25, 2018, 5:04 PM

Three executive orders limiting federal workers’ rights hit a wall Aug. 25 when a judge blocked significant portions of changes proposed by the Trump administration.

The orders would “eviscerate” federal workers’ collective bargaining rights, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia wrote. Brown said the moves reflect President Donald Trump’s view that government workers’ union rights should be “rendered subordinate” to the Trump administration’s interest in reducing the cost of collective bargaining.

The executive orders, signed by Trump on May 25, would make it easier to fire federal workers, require the government to review its collective bargaining agreements for cost savings, and address the issue of federal employees spending more than 25 percent of their work hours on union representation matters.

The decision means the Trump administration must either appeal the ruling or rewrite the orders.

The case is AFGE v. Trump, D.D.C., No. 1:18-cv-01261, ruling issued 8/25/18.

To contact the reporter on this story: Louis C. LaBrecque in Washington at llabrecque@bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Peggy Aulino at maulino@bloomberglaw.com