Challenges To Trump's Union Orders Face Tough Hurdles

By Steven Gordon (June 21, 2018, 12:21 PM EDT) -- On May 25, 2018, President Donald Trump issued executive orders that restrict the paid time federal employees can spend on union activity and make underperforming employees easier to fire. Two federal employee unions promptly filed separate suits challenging the legality of these executive orders. The American Federation of Government Employees, or AFGE, challenged several limitations that the first executive order places on "official time" (paid time spent on performing union representational activities).[1] The National Treasury Employees Union, or NTEU, made similar challenges to the first executive order and attacked the 30-day limit on "performance improvement periods," or PIPs, announced in the...

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