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Trump Sued Over Order Making it Easier to Fire Federal Workers

Oct. 27, 2020, 1:45 AM

President Donald Trump was sued over an executive order that would make it easier to fire federal workers involved in policy-making decisions.

The National Treasury Employees Union, which represents 150,000 federal workers, sued Monday claiming the executive order was “a textbook example of the president acting contrary to Congress’s express and limited delegation of authority.”

Trump’s order instructs federal agencies to review their rosters and place employees with jobs that involve policy-making in a newly created category without protections afforded to most government employees.

The order was cited Sunday as the reason for the resignation of the head of an advisory council on civil service, the Washington Post reported. Ronald Sanders wrote in his resignation letter that the order was “nothing more than a smoke screen for what is clearly an attempt to require the political loyalty of those who advise the president,” the newspaper reported.

The employee union says in its lawsuit that Trump has failed to show that moving federal employees into the new classification “so they can be fired more quickly and without cause is necessary or supported by good administration principles.” It asks that the executive order be declared unlawful.

The case is National Treasury Employees Union v. Trump, 20-cv-03078, in U.S. District Court, District of Columbia (Washington).

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Robert Burnson in San Francisco at rburnson@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story:
David Glovin at dglovin@bloomberg.net

Joe Schneider

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