NTEU Takes Our Fight to the Streets and to Court
NTEU was in the courthouse and in the streets on July 25 fighting back against three executive orders (EO) that dismantle collective bargaining and due process rights for federal employees, while opening the door to patronage and favoritism.
Outside the federal courthouse in Washington, D.C., NTEU members attended a rally to protest the administration's attack on their basic workplace rights, including protections from unfair treatment and the right to bargain collectively. National President Tony Reardon addressed the crowd, as NTEU attorneys were inside the courthouse preparing to make oral arguments in NTEU's lawsuit against the EOs.
"We’re in court today because these executive orders are illegal," President Reardon told the crowd of federal employees from several unions. "They violate the law, plain and simple. But let me tell you what bothers me even more about these orders: They are based on the premise that federal employees are wasteful, untrustworthy and expendable. That is a lie and it is why we have to fight."
Several other union leaders and nearly a dozen members of Congress also spoke at the rally in support of federal employees and their unions.
Inside the courtroom, NTEU argued that portions of the EOs are in direct conflict with federal law and cannot stand. NTEU and other federal unions sued the government challenging certain provisions of the EOs President Trump signed May 25. The judge consolidated the various cases and is expected to issue a decision in late August.
Nationwide, NTEU members made their voices heard as part of the union's first-ever Tweet Your Elected Officials Day. Hundreds of tweets were sent to lawmakers urging them to oppose the EOs, to support a pay increase for 2019, and to block cuts to earned retirement benefits.
Unions make federal workplaces better for employees and enhance communities that rely on quality public services. NTEU will not stand for any attempt to wipe away federal employee rights and silence our collective voices.