Trump Kills Federal Labor-Management Council Via Executive Order

  • September 30, 2017

POLITICO has a story that says that President Trump today rescinded an Obama-era executive order that created a formal system for federal employee unions to communicate with the White House.

Executive Order 13522 , signed in 2009, created a council on which presidents of the American Federation of Government Employees, the National Treasury Employees Union, the National Federation of Federal Employees and other unions would meet with the heads of the heads of the Office of Management and Budget, the Office of Personnel Management and other federal officials. The administration said it sought a “non-adversarial” venue outside of bargaining negotiations where unions and White House officials could meet and discuss ways to “improve the productivity and effectiveness of the Federal Government.”

Under Trump, though, relations with federal employee unions have become more adversarial rather than less, largely as a result of the president’s efforts to shrink a federal workforce already smaller than it was 50 years ago. In his order today, Trump said that the council had fallen short of its goals.

“The National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relations (Council) and related agency-level labor-management forums have consumed considerable managerial time and taxpayer resources, but they have not fulfilled their goal of promoting collaboration in the federal workforce,” Trump’s order said. “Public expenditures on the council and related forums have produced few benefits to the public, and they should, therefore, be discontinued.”

AFGE and NTEU did not immediately comment on Trump’s order.