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Post by Whatever4 » Tue Aug 21, 2018 12:37 am

The Google Machine says Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689 represents the workers of the Washington DC Area Transit.
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Post by Addie » Sat Aug 25, 2018 11:47 am

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Judge Strikes Down Key Parts of Trump's Orders Easing the Firing of Federal Workers

A federal district judge in Washington struck down most of the key provisions of three executive orders that President Trump signed in late May that would have made it easier to fire federal employees.

The ruling, issued early Saturday, is a blow to Republican efforts to rein in public-sector labor unions, which states like Wisconsin have aggressively curtailed in recent years. In June, the Supreme Court dealt public-sector unions a major blow by ending mandatory union fees for government workers nationwide. (Federal workers were already exempt from paying such fees.)

Amid these setbacks, the fight against Mr. Trump's executive orders has taken on an added urgency among many public-sector union leaders.

"We are very pleased that the court agreed that the president far exceeded his authority, and that the apolitical career federal work force shall be protected from these illegal, politically motivated executive orders," Sarah Suszczyk, the co-chair of a coalition of government-workers unions, said in a statement.
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WaPo: In victory for unions, judge overturns key parts of Trump executive orders
Politico: Judge strikes down Trump’s federal workforce executive orders
Associated Press: Judge deals blow to Trump effort to overhaul bureaucracy
The Guardian: Judge deals blow to Trump over attempt to make firing federal workers easier
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Post by Estiveo » Sat Aug 25, 2018 1:50 pm

Addie wrote:
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The Guardian: Judge deals blow to Trump over attempt to make firing federal workers easier
The last paragraph in the Guardian article sums up this administration:
The White House did not immediately comment. Trump was at his golf course in Sterling, Virginia.
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Post by Volkonski » Thu Aug 30, 2018 3:19 pm

Can he do that?

Maybe many federal employees will be extra sure to vote for the Democratic Party candidates this November. ;)


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President Trump announces that he's canceling pay raises for most federal employees that had been set to go into effect in January, citing government budget concerns.

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Post by Kendra » Thu Aug 30, 2018 3:21 pm

Wouldn't it go over better if he cut back on golf and campaign rallies?

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Post by Grumpy Old Guy » Thu Aug 30, 2018 3:31 pm

Kendra wrote:
Thu Aug 30, 2018 3:21 pm
Wouldn't it go over better if he cut back on golf and campaign rallies?
Plus tax cuts for the rich, the border wall, etc. etc

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Post by Kendra » Thu Aug 30, 2018 3:40 pm

Wonder if his top WH staff suckups will get their raises?

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Post by much ado » Thu Aug 30, 2018 3:42 pm

Jeesh. I mean. SOMEONE has to pay for those tax cuts.

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Post by Kendra » Thu Aug 30, 2018 3:48 pm


America is doing GREAT! Best economy ever.

Sorry, federal workers, can’t afford raises.

Military should skip raises to pay down debt.
And who was it that was going to have to pay for that bigly parade he wanted?

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Post by bob » Thu Aug 30, 2018 6:19 pm

The president can make such decision regarding federal pay if there's a national emergency or serious economic conditions warrant.

I would not be surprised if there's a lawsuit, as the president likes to remind everyone that this is best economy ever. This smells "capricious."

The reality is there's a big "locality adjustment," i.e., increased pay for those living in expensive areas, i.e., mostly blue-state big cities. More payback.
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Post by Kendra » Thu Aug 30, 2018 7:44 pm

No raises for federal workers.
But there is enough money to fly Trump and his family back and forth from Mar a Lago?
Not to mention the Treasury Secretary’s mile high club....

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Post by dunstvangeet » Mon Sep 03, 2018 12:18 pm

Everybody gets a locality adjustment. Everybody is in a locality, if you are in the United States.

There are currently 47 localities that cover the entirity of the United States. There was a plan to enter another 2 localities, if I remember correctly, but those have probably already been put on hold.

The locality that covers the most, area wise, is the "Rest of U.S." locality that covers everybody within the United States if another locality doesn't cover you. They currently have a locality pay of 15.37%

The other localities are defined by county, and are listed here: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversig ... finitions/

Here's a site that breaks down the entirety of the locality pay: https://www.federalpay.org/gs/locality

If Mr. Trump got rid of locality pay (which he falsely stated that the "increase" was going to be 25.7%, instead of the totality of the locality pay), with no corresponding adjustment to the base pay, Federal Employees would take a 25% pay cut across the board.

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Post by Addie » Thu Oct 04, 2018 7:36 pm

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Congressional Republicans tentatively agree to raise federal worker pay, rebuffing Trump

Congressional Republicans have tentatively agreed to a 1.9 percent pay raise for the nation’s 2 million civilian federal workers, overruling President Trump who sought to freeze their pay.

The preliminary deal between House and Senate Republicans is also likely to lift a salary freeze affecting hundreds of executive-level employees and appointees including Vice President Pence and members of the Trump Cabinet, according to lawmakers and aides.

Democrats oppose that element of the deal, and the package could change when lawmakers return to Capitol Hill following the midterm elections and complete negotiations. ...

The average federal worker salary is around $85,000, according to the federal Office of Personnel Management. But the American Federation of Government Employees, representing about 750,000 federal workers, says that number is inflated by the high salaries of some doctors and scientists, and that the bulk of federal workers make between $33,000 and $55,000 a year.

Around 15 percent of the nation’s 2.1 million federal workforce live in and around Washington, D.C. The majority of the 2.1 million work all over the nation at military bases, federal labs, national parks, veterans hospitals and other facilities scattered throughout the states.

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Post by Addie » Mon Oct 15, 2018 1:36 pm

Union Advocate - October 8 2018
Workers put Trump on notice: ‘The U.S. mail is not for sale!’ ...



Letter carriers, postal workers, mail handlers and other USPS employees in Minneapolis — and in communities across the country — rallied today with supporters, putting Trump and federal lawmakers on notice that the U.S. mail should not be for sale.

“As long as we can fight, we’re going to keep fighting to keep our Postal Service going strong,” said Harold Harvey, a member of St. Paul-based Branch 28 of the National Association of Letter Carriers, as he walked an informational picket line outside Minneapolis’ downtown post office.

Todd Elkerton, president of the American Postal Workers Union’s St. Paul chapter, noted the Postal Service is the only federal agency mentioned in the Constitution. “We believe the threat is real,” Elkerton said. “This will be the first time in U.S. history the president has come forward with a proposal to privatize the Postal Service.” ...

The president can’t sell off the Postal Service without the approval from Congress, and in just three months since Trump pledged action on the issue, a majority of House members and 42 senators have signed onto resolutions in support of keeping the agency under federal control. Minnesota Sen. Tina Smith and all five DFL House members are among the resolutions’ co-sponsors.

It may be no coincidence, then, that the recommendations of Trump’s hand-picked task force on postal reform, delivered to the White House in August, have not yet been released to the public.

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Post by Addie » Thu Feb 14, 2019 9:41 pm

Talking Points Memo - Josh Marshall
Top Federal Labor Agency Fires Its Union

I’m not sure the legalities of this. But it seems kind of remarkable. Federal Labor Relations Authority Chairwoman Colleen Duffy Kiko has announced that she’s decertifying the authority’s own union. In other words, she’s firing the agency’s union. ...

Her argument is that the agency isn’t allowed to have a union under the 1978 Civil Service Reform Act. She says that the Agency is specifically exempted and thus she’d be breaking the law to recognize the union. I’m no expert on the law. But it’s worth noting that the law is 40 years old. So no other chair in the last 40 years thought this was a problem.

Government Executive magazine also notes a 1980 DOJ opinion which held that this was not what the law said. The issue seems to be a provision that DOJ decided was about preventing conflicts of interest rather than preventing the Agency’s employees from having a union.

President Trump nominated now-Chairwoman Colleen Duffy Kiko in September 2017 and she was confirmed by the Senate in November 2017.

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Post by Addie » Fri Mar 01, 2019 1:03 pm

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Board that handles federal worker disputes is now vacant

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Merit Systems Protection Board, a quasi-judicial government body tasked with settling workplace disputes for millions of federal workers, is officially vacant for the first time in its 40-year history.

The board became empty at midnight Thursday, after the Senate failed to act on a measure to extend the term of the board’s sole remaining member and acting chairman, Mark Robbins. The House approved the extension Monday.

The three-member board needs at least two members to decide appeals from civil servants. All three members are presidentially appointed and Senate-confirmed for staggered seven-year terms, with no more than two affiliated with the same political party. After one member termed out in 2015 and a second did so in January 2017, both without replacements, Robbins became the board’s sole member. His term expired at midnight on Feb. 28.

President Donald Trump nominated two members to the board, including Robbins’ replacement, after one year in office, and nominated a third months later. But the nominees were not approved by the Senate before the end of the last Congress. One of those nominees withdrew his name from consideration, and the other two are still under consideration.

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Post by Addie » Sat Apr 13, 2019 6:09 pm

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State's attorney's employees vote overwhelmingly to unionize

Employees in Vermont’s state’s attorney’s offices overwhelmingly voted to join the Vermont State Employees Association Friday morning. The deputy prosecutors, victim advocates and secretaries voted 59-12 in favor of the unionization.

The employees — numbering 110 across 14 counties — had been discussing unionization for several years, leading up to a December 2018 vote by the VSEA Board of Trustees to proceed with an election.

“This is really great news for the OSA workers, and I applaud them for their decision to band together as a unit to work with VSEA to get the wages, benefits and working conditions they want and deserve,” VSEA President Dave Bellini said in a statement.

Bellini said the VSEA will now begin the bargaining process to get the new members a “fair and just” first contract that addresses their key concerns, and gives the workers a voice in day-to-day operations like caseloads, staffing and allocation of resources.

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Post by Addie » Mon Apr 15, 2019 7:35 am

Houston Public Media
City Of Houston Sends Layoff Notices To 47 Municipal Workers Because Of Firefighter Raises

Mayor Sylvester Turner and Patrick ‘Marty’ Lancton, president of the firefighters union, have made some progress on implementing Prop. B, but there’s no final agreement. ...


The Office of Mayor Sylvester Turner said in a news release Friday afternoon that the 60-day notices impact workers at the city’s Parks and Recreation, Library, Administration and Regulatory Affairs and Health departments.

Last week, 67 fire cadets received notice they will be laid off. The City Council is scheduled to vote on layoffs of firefighters next Wednesday, April 17.

The pending firefighter and municipal worker layoffs are directly tied to the city’s implementation of Proposition B, which voters approved last November and establishes pay parity between the local and fire departments.

Turner’s office underlined that Prop B came without a funding source and “adds to the city’s bottom-line an annual $80 million to $100 million obligation for firefighter pay raises.”
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Houston Public Media: Houston Firefighters Union Tentatively Agrees To Implement Pay Raises In 3 And A Half Years

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Post by Addie » Sat Jun 22, 2019 9:32 am

WaPo - June 11
USDA division votes to unionize as employees protest planned relocation

For the second time this year, workers at a science division of the Agriculture Department voted overwhelmingly to unionize in apparent revolt against the administration’s plan to relocate them from Washington, D.C., to a yet-to-be-announced location.

On Tuesday, employees at the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, which distributes $400 million in competitive grants to researchers around the country each year, voted 137 to 2 to be represented by the American Federation of Government Employees, the largest federal employees union. In May, the Economic Research Service, a federal statistical agency also included in the relocation, voted 138 to 4 to unionize with AFGE.

“We will work with this group of employees just as we work with all USDA employees,” Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said in a statement distributed to reporters before the votes were counted. In August, Perdue announced the relocation as a cost-saving measure that would move scientists closer to those they serve, a claim critics dispute.

In early May, USDA announced that Kansas City, the Research Triangle in North Carolina and the state of Indiana had been selected as the leading candidates for relocation sites. The department has not said when it would make a final decision. “I truly believe that the relocation of ERS and NIFA will help to fulfill USDA’s commitment to be the most effective, most efficient and most customer-focused agency in the federal government,” Perdue said in the statement.

But former USDA officials and leaders in the agricultural community argue the relocation will paralyze the agencies, and have also warned that this proposal is an attempt to weaken the influence of scientists under the Trump administration.

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Post by Addie » Sun Jun 30, 2019 1:32 pm

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Public unions in Illinois continue on a year after Janus decision

How have public sector unions fared in the year since the historic U.S. Supreme Court case Janus v. AFSCME Council 31?

During the debate leading up to the June 27, 2018, decision that proclaimed forced unionization as a condition of employment in public service infringed on free speech rights, unions and others foretold of collapse if they weren’t able to require “fair share dues” from nonunion workers who paid for administrative representation.

In reality, unions in the 22 states without right-to-work laws essentially lost the dues of those who had already expressed their desire to not be associated with them, a financial hit, but far short of the disaster that was predicted. In some cases, unions have reported membership gains.

The losses that hit the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Council 31, which represents almost 40,000 state workers and was the defendant in the decision, were mostly due to the union's failure to convince non-dues paying members to join the union after the Janus ruling came down. The Chicago Sun-Times, which is owned in part by unions, reported AFSCME Council 31 lost about 6,000 fee-payers but added 1,100 full members. Other public sector unions in Illinois reportedly fared about the same.

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