Trump Takes Aim At Unions: Signs Orders To Make Poorly Performing Fed Workers Easier To Fire, Guts Union Perks & Save $100 Million Per Year
Any group that is funded by our taxpayer dollars should not be allowed to unionize. These unions utilize our hard earned tax dollars to bribe politicians paid with tax dollars to funnel more tax dollars into their pockets. It’s a great way to make a living… Well unless you’re a taxpayer.
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) May 26, 2018
President Trump signed three executive orders Friday containing sweeping reforms that weaken protections for federal workers and eliminate perks for the unions that represent them.
Under the new executive orders, unions will be charged rent for federal office space and will not be reimbursed for travel expenses or for hours spent appealing worker firings.
All federal workers will be ordered to spend 75 percent of their time on government work, and agencies are ordered to publicly post union contracts in an online repository.
Trump ordered the termination of an Obama-era policy that says leniency for one worker sets a precedent protecting others from firing, and shortened review periods preceding discipline for poor-performing employees.
Although the change makes it easier for workers to get fired, White House officials said they expected largely positive response from workers.
“Federal employees are sick and tired of having to carry the dead wood,” one official said on an afternoon conference call. “It should not take a year plus appeals to remove someone from the federal workforce.”
The orders also provide for the renegotiation of union contracts, officials said.
“These contracts make it harder to fire employees than the law requires,” a White House office said on the call. More
Anyone remember the VA employees who got bonuses for lying about their treatment of Veterans (who died waiting for treatment) and kept their jobs and their bonuses? This should prevent that from ever happening again. @LouDobbs @TuckerCarlson
— Robert Fischl (@robtdfischl) May 26, 2018