NTEU Ready to Defend Executive Order Victory


NTEU’s legal battle continues against the president’s anti-employee, anti-union executive orders (EO).

The administration has appealed a federal district judge’s decision striking down key provisions of the EOs aimed at limiting federal employee rights, collective bargaining rights and the ability of unions to represent employees in workplace issues.

In our historic legal victory, NTEU prevailed on nearly every argument we raised, and we stand ready to continue our successful arguments in the U.S. Court of Appeals.

“Congress undertook to guarantee federal employees the statutory right to engage in good-faith collective bargaining,” which “safeguards the public interest,” the judge wrote in her 122-page opinion. 

Since the Aug. 24 decision, agency responses have varied. Some NTEU-represented agencies have complied with the court order, while others have dug in their heels.

Despite the court decision and several letters from members of Congress, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) still refuses to return to the bargaining table. After only two unusually short days of bargaining this spring, the agency issued a take-it-or-leave-it directive and walked away from negotiations. NTEU has launched a major, multi-pronged campaign calling on HHS to comply with its legal obligation to bargain in good faith. Learn more

NTEU will not allow the administration to roll back decades of established law guaranteeing federal employees the right to collective bargaining. We will keep you updated as our fight against the EOs continues.