URGENT!! Immediate Action Required
The Executive Orders issued by President Donald Trump has been reactivated! This means the taking away of official time, Union office space, and restructuring the way Union dues are collected. This can take place at ANYTIME effective immediately! For more information, please click on the following links below.
Last May, President Trump issued three executive orders that were aimed at gutting federal employees’ workplace rights and silencing your voice at work.
We challenged those executive orders in court, and we won in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The Trump administration appealed that ruling to the U.S. Court of Appeals, and today a three-judge panel ruled that the lower court, in which we won our lawsuit, did not have jurisdiction to hear that case.
Let me be clear: This terrible decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals does a disservice to federal employees. AFGE will fight it with every legal tool at our disposal. We believe the court is mistaken, that it is wrong on the law, and that this decision jeopardizes the right of federal workers across the government to negotiate a contract that provides dignity, fairness and respect on the job.
As we continue to consider the next steps in this fight and pursue our legal options, it is important that every AFGE leader begin to make arrangements in the event that the administration implements the executive orders by restricting the use of official time, evicting unions from office space, or other similar actions that we witnessed before our initial victory.
At this point, we believe that the court’s decision will not take effect for at least 45 days, but that does not guarantee that management at your agency will not take action sooner.
If you have questions at this point, please direct them to email@example.com. We will keep you abreast of additional information as it becomes available.
AFGE has never had to build member power to fight for our contracts. We must start talking to every member, engage them and mobilize them to stand together in union collective actions. We cannot delay. We will have a local leaders’ call soon to talk more about our response going forward. This decision will not deter us. Rather it emboldens our union to fight with greater purpose, solidarity and tenacity.
J. David Cox Sr.