July 5, 2018
An Important Message From AFGE Local 1760
Effective Monday, July 9th 2018, three Executive Orders issued by President Trump will take effect. The intent of these orders is perfectly clear; they are an attempt to dismantle federal unions.
The orders mandate that no official time be granted to represent employees on grievances or disciplinary actions. Representation of employees must take place on our own time.
Another Executive Order mandates that no government facilities can be used by the Union; this includes office space, meeting space, bulletin boards, telephones, faxes, e-mails, etc.
Another order shortens the time an employee can be removed for performance from 120 days to 30 days.
As you can surmise the intent is to make the Union powerless. AFGE has gone to court to overturn the implementation of these Executive Orders. We will know the status of the lawsuits on July 25th. Management in Baltimore will probably ignore any court decision and impose a horrific contract upon SSA employees. They propose to change 21 Articles in the Master Agreement and unilaterally implement them.
We have heard that more orders may be issued specifically dealing with the Union's ability to secure union dues from the membership. If this occurs we will have to find another way of collecting union dues.
As I stated at the June membership meeting, no matter what happens, the Union will stand by its members, and do what is necessary to represent them. If we have to take leave, hire attorneys or whatever it takes, members will be represented to the best of our ability. For now, only contact me for assistance at (516)810-0198 (my cell number). I will get back to you as soon as possible. You may e-mail me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I will respond. Also keep checking our website for posted information.
I know that all of this sounds quite bleak and at times depressing. It is a pity that the agency wishes to put people in servitude with no right to protest, and no one to stand up for them. But as someone once said, "Tough Times Don't Last, Tough People Do." We must stand together! If there is no union to help people in trouble then no one is safe. We will not abandon you, so don't abandon the Union.
Bruce Friedman, President AFGE Local 1760
March 27, 2018
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