NTEU is in a federal appeals court today defending our victory against the president’s anti-employee executive orders (EO).
As expected, the government appealed NTEU’s victory last year invalidating the most egregious provisions of the orders. Among other things, the EOs aim to limit federal employee rights, collective bargaining rights and the ability of unions to represent employees in workplace issues.
A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit will hear oral argument on the appeal today. NTEU and other unions will argue that multiple provisions of the executive orders violate the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978, and the lower court’s decision agreeing with NTEU should be allowed to stand.
NTEU’s lawsuit has garnered strong support from powerful allies. Four current and former members of Congress, including two who helped write the Civil Service Reform Act, are supporting our case. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), Rep. Peter King (R-NY), former Rep. William Clay, Sr. (D-MO) and former Rep. Jim Leach (R-IA) filed a legal brief supporting the unions’ case.