NFFE Statement on OPM Executive Order Guidance
Thursday, August 30, 2018
On Wednesday, August 29, 2018, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) issued guidance requiring agencies to rescind any implementation of three anti-employee executive orders (EO) issued by President Trump on May 25, 2018. The guidance follows last Friday’s historic labor victory, when U.S. District Court Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson agreed with NFFE and 17 other unions, ruling that multiple provisions challenged within the executive orders violated statutory law.
“I am glad that OPM is taking immediate actions to ensure that agencies fully comply with Judge Brown Jackson’s order,” stated Randy Erwin, NFFE National President. “These executive orders were a clear violation of the law, and they infringed on federal workers’ constitutionally protected first amendment right to form and join a union, and it is imperative that these rights are restored as soon as possible.”
In addition to the OPM guidance, NFFE sent local union officials a form letter to send agency officials requesting they restore the Union to the state that existed prior to the May 25 EOs.
“The war is far from over, but I am very pleased with the outcome of this particular battle,” Erwin stated. “As more attacks are expected to come, NFFE will continue the fight to protect the rights, pay, and benefits of the hardworking employees who perform essential government functions necessary for everyday life.”