NTEU Joins Coalition of Unions, Lawmakers in Opposing Schedule F Executive Order

Opposition continues to grow against the president’s recent executive order (EO) that could move tens of thousands of federal employees into a new Schedule F, stripping them of their civil service protections and allowing them to be hired and fired at will. 

NTEU joined a coalition of more than 25 unions representing 300,000 federal employees in condemning the order. In a letter to congressional appropriators, the Federal Workers Alliance called for language in the upcoming funding bill to stop implementation of the EO.  Congress must act to pass another continuing resolution or fiscal year 2021 funding bills by Dec. 11 to avoid a government shutdown.

“[The executive orders] intend to eviscerate the federal government’s merit system principles, open the door to the politicization of the federal workforce, strip hundreds of thousands of federal workers of their due process rights, and give agencies carte blanche to dismantle collective bargaining units,” the letter said.

This comes on the heels of a letter from the House Oversight and Reform Committee expressing “grave concerns” about the EO and urging the administration to “immediately cease” implementation.

“The executive order would precipitate a mass exodus from the federal government at the end of every presidential administration, leaving federal agencies without deep institutional knowledge, expertise, experience, and the ability to develop and implement long-term policy strategies. It would be a critical loss for the American people,” lawmakers wrote in a letter to acting director of the Office of Personnel Management Micheal Rigas.

The members demanded an immediate stay on the implementation of the EO while the committee obtains information about its development and potential impacts.

On Monday, NTEU filed a lawsuit in federal district court seeking to declare the order unlawful and prevent it from being implemented. The following day, legislation was introduced in the House that would rescind the order and prevent the use of government funding to implement it. Take Action