Thursday, December 4, 2008

President Bush Excludes Agencies from Federal Labor-Management Relations Program

President Bush signed an executive order on November 26, 2008, exempting certain federal employees at the Departments of Energy, Homeland Security, Justice, Transportation, and the Treasury from coverage under the Federal Labor-Management Relations Program, thus barring them from joining a union.  WaPo reports here.

Bush's executive order amends and expands President Carter's order of November 19, 1979.  Both orders are authorized by 5 U.S.C. sec. 7103(b).

Bush's order came under fire from unions and Congressional Democrats.  The National Treasury Employees Union expressed outrage in its statement; House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) called the order a "power grab by the executive branch to undermine the rights of federal employees and workers throughout the country."

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