DOD Beats Air Force Workers' Collective Bargaining Suit

By Dorothy Atkins (October 24, 2017, 8:51 PM EDT) -- A Virginia federal judge on Tuesday tossed a suit alleging a presidential executive order barring U.S. Transportation Command employees from collectively bargaining with the U.S. Department of Defense violates the First Amendment, finding that the order doesn't impact the employees' constitutional rights.

U.S. District Judge Raymond A. Jackson found that the executive order relieves the DOD of any obligation under the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute to deal or bargain with unions representing Transcom employees, but it does not impinge on the employees' First Amendment rights.

"Exempting employees at USTranscom headquarters from the FLSRA does not preclude employees from belonging to...

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