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Trump Issues Executive Orders Making it Easier to Fire Federal Employees


Trump is on the proper track with new executive orders that will make it easier to get rid government workers.

With a new set of rules that everyone but socialists will love, Trump Moves to Ease the Firing of Federal Workers.

President Trump on Friday signed a series of executive orders making it easier to fire federal government workers and to curb the workplace role of unions that represent them.

Andrew Bremberg, the head of the White House Domestic Policy Council, said the president was "fulfilling his promise to promote more efficient government by reforming our Civil Service rules."

Unions representing government workers were quick to denounce the actions, calling them an "assault on democracy," in the words of the American Federation of Government Employees, the largest federal employee union, which represents 700,000 workers.


The first executive order makes it easier to fire and discipline federal employees. The administration said it could take six months to a year to dismiss an employee for poor performance, followed by an average of eight months to work through appeals. To streamline the process, the official said, the executive order will reduce the period in which poor performers must demonstrate improvement to 30 days, from as many as 120 days.

The second executive order directs federal agencies to renegotiate contracts with unions representing government employees to reduce waste. The administration official expressed hope that, for example, agencies could stop having to pay expenses of both sides when unions undertake appeals on behalf of fired workers.

The third order aims to cut down on what is known as "official time," in which government workers who have roles in the union, like helping colleagues file grievances, are allowed to perform those roles during normal working hours for which they draw their usual salary. The order limits official time to 25 percent of their hours during the year. Administration officials said a subset of federal employees had been able to spend as much as 100 percent of their duty hours on union business.

In regards to point number three, it would seem like 10% is more than generous. Strike that. There should not be public unions in the first place.

Union Busting

The unions of course responded with their usual charges.

"This is more than union busting — it's democracy busting," J. David Cox Sr., national president of the American Federation of Government Employees.

Democracy busting?

Please be serious.

The body of the New York Times article changed as I was cutting snips. Some portions of the above text may not appear in the refreshed article.

Court Ruling Coming Up

On May 10, I reported Good News: Public Union Membership About to Dive.

The US Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case of Janus vs AFSCME.

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