Executive Order Ruling – Call NOW!!!

Today, July 16, 2019, the U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia, overturned a lower court decision that AFGE won rolling back Trump’s three 2018 Memorial Day Executive Orders (EOs.) The EOs gutted your rights in the workplace and your union’s ability to represent you. The Appeals Court reversed the District Court’s August 2018 decision – which had ruled that certain provisions of the orders were in violation of the Federal Labor Relations Statute– and said that the Unions have to challenge the EOs before the Federal Labor Relations Authority before jurisdiction could be had in federal court.

This ruling has come as a shock to AFGE Local 704 and other unions representing EPA federal employees–we’re still reeling from the EO-inspired unilateral management anti-worker directive (UMAD) imposed on July 8.
AFGE has sprung into action and has created a website for you to fight back. Join your union brothers and sisters across the country and call on members of Congress to stand with federal workers and protect our workplace rights. The union-busting framework laid out in the executive orders and the actions already taken with unilateral directives demonstrate clearly that there must be a check on the president’s power to destroy federal employees’ union rights. Call the Capitol switchboard at 202.224.3121, ask to be connected to your Representative or Senator(s) office, and urge them to fight these EOs.

We have no time to be demoralized! See more Ways to Take Action: visit https://www.afge.org/fightback. Read the EO Summary.
See also the 
July/Aug. 2018 – Vol. LXXXVII No. 4 AFGE The Government Standard issue devoted to the 2018 EOs. 

Scott Walker to propose abolishing unions for federal workers

Scott Walker to propose abolishing unions for federal workers

In an effort to revive a slumping presidential campaign, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on Monday will also propose establishing a national “right-to-work” law.

Associated Press

In an effort to revive a slumping presidential campaign, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on Monday will also propose establishing a national “right-to-work” law.

Las Vegas — Seeking to revitalize his presidential campaign, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker plans to focus Monday on weakening labor by proposing to prevent federal workers from collectively bargaining, create a national “right-to-work law” and eliminate the National Labor Relations Board.

In a plan released by his campaign, Walker also calls for requiring all unions to hold periodic votes so workers can decide whether they should continue to exist. If elected, he would also cancel President Barack Obama’s Labor Day order that federal contractors provide paid sick leave and work to end policies requiring some salaried workers in the private sector to receive overtime — saying in some cases they should get time off instead.

“Our plan will eliminate the big government unions entirely and put the American people back in charge of their government. Federal employees should work for the taxpayers — not the other way around,” Walker is to say in a town hall meeting at construction equipment maker Xtreme Manufacturing in Las Vegas.

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Poll: Public confidence in federal workforce rebounds after shutdown

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Poll: Public confidence in federal workforce rebounds after shutdown

Monday – 9/8/2014, 3:26pm EDT

The American public has more trust in the federal workforce than it has had at any time since the October 2013 government shutdown, according to just released data from a nationwide poll.

Of the 1,000 registered voters surveyed in The George Washington University Battleground Poll, 73 percent said they had either “a lot” of respect (22 percent) or “some” confidence (51 percent) in civilian federal employees. Twenty-five percent said they had “little or no confidence” in the federal workforce. [See Figure 1].

“These findings may not be a resounding affirmation of trust but they are significantly better than those recorded prior to the federal government shutdown in 2013,” wrote William C. Adams and Donna Lind Infeld, in a report from the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy & Public Administration.

Citizen confidence in public servants had declined in recent years, due to a series of highly publicized incidents, such as the GSA conference scandal and the NSA leaks. But the new data suggests that public confidence may be rebounding.

That rebound, however, eludes America’s elected federal officials. Confidence in members of Congress and President Barack Obama remained low, according to data on their approval ratings. The President received a 51 percent disapproval rating compared to Congress’ 79 percent.

“Clearly, Americans don’t blame federal workers for the shortcomings of elected officials,” said Adams, a professor of public policy and public administration in GW’s Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration in a release. “This may not be an overwhelming affirmation of trust in federal workers but it’s a lot more positive than it was before the federal shutdown last year. Americans like federal workers far more than their political bosses.”

There is also a difference of perception depending on with which party the survey respondent identified. [See Figure 2]. Democratic Party voters said they had “a lot” of confidence in federal employees (32 percent) or “some” confidence (55 percent) compared to Republicans, with just 13 percent for “a lot” and 48 percent for “some.” Twenty-three percent of Independents said they had “a lot” of confidence in federal employees and 49 percent said they felt “some” confidence in the federal workforce.

As in earlier polls, women, young respondents and African Americans showed slightly more confidence in the federal workforce.

The GW Battlefield poll also said that, by and large, Americans considered the federal government a good place to work.

“About three-quarters of those polled (73 percent) say they would encourage a young person to consider a federal job,” Adams and Lind Infeld wrote. “Only one in five (20 percent) would discourage a civil service career.”

Poll: Half the Federal Workforce Says They Might Leave Government

Poll: Half the Federal Workforce Says They Might Leave Government


Fifty percent of federal employees are mulling a career switch, according to a small, online poll released Thursday. The reasons, not surprisingly, include frustration over the three-year pay freeze, political attacks on the government workforce and an expectation of higher salaries in the private sector.

The PulsePoll survey of 370 civilian and defense agency employees by Market Connections Inc. and FierceGovernmentIt also documented concern about a “brain drain” of experienced employees that could crimp effective pursuit of agency missions. Continue reading “Poll: Half the Federal Workforce Says They Might Leave Government”

Federal workforce dips 20 percent since May 2010 peak

Federal workforce dips 20 percent since May 2010 peak

Jun. 10, 2013 – 01:52PM   |  By STEPHEN LOSEY   |

The total federal workforce dropped by 14,000 employees in May, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said June 7, bringing the government’s staffing levels to its lowest point in more than five years.

May’s decline means federal payrolls — including U.S. Postal Service workers — have now dropped by 45,000 over the last three months. There are now 2,748,000 federal employees in the government — the lowest since February 2008, when there were 2,747,000 federal workers. The federal workforce has now fallen 20 percent since its peak in May 2010, when there were 3,415,000 employees. Continue reading “Federal workforce dips 20 percent since May 2010 peak”

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