Court Denies Administration Request to Expedite Appeal in Executive Order Case

Press Release October 19, 2018

Washington D.C. – A three-judge panel has denied the administration’s attempt to rush its appeal of the union victory over the president’s anti-employee executive orders.

The National Treasury Employees Union and other unions had opposed the administration’s request for a faster appeal of the federal court decision in August that invalidated the most egregious provisions of the executive orders.

“We agree with the ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in which three judges said the government did not articulate ‘strongly compelling’ reasons for a rushed briefing schedule, NTEU National President Tony Reardon said.

While the appeal will proceed on a normal schedule, the bulk of the harmful executive order provisions remain invalid. A federal judge in August agreed with NTEU that significant portions of the president’s executive orders conflicted with existing laws and cannot be enforced.

“U.S. District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s decision thoroughly and correctly dismantled the May 25 orders and we look forward to continuing our successful arguments in the U.S. Court of Appeals,” Reardon said. “The law clearly states that collective bargaining in the federal sector is in the public interest, and no president can undermine that with executive orders.”

NTEU represents 150,000 employees at 33 federal agencies and departments.