MTD Joins FWA in Asking Biden to Reinstate and Confirm Rights of Federal Workers

MTD Joins FWA in Asking Biden to Reinstate and Confirm Rights of Federal Workers

In a letter to the Biden 2020 Campaign Director of Labor Engagement, Erika Dinkel-Smith, the Federal Workers Alliance (FWA), of which the Metal Trades Department is a member, asked that upon taking office the Biden administration “quickly reinstate and confirm the rights of federal workers by undoing the wrongs that have been perpetrated upon them for the past four years.”

The FWA wrote that they “hope to serve as a resource to the incoming administration so that federal workers can again work in an environment of peace and security.”

In the five page letter, the FWA outlines all of the items they would like to see addressed, including the immediate reversal of the Trump administration executive orders.

Read the full letter here.

MTD President Hart Pens Letter to Trump Regarding Memorandum Regarding Collective Bargaining at the DOD

Metal Trades Department President James Hart sent the following letter to President Trump regarding his recent memo to the Secretary of Defense regarding collective bargaining at the DOD.

In the letter, President Hart specifically highlights that a fair collective bargaining process is the “cornerstone of American labor law and a right afforded to employees within the federal government. Any exemptions permitted need to be carefully considered. In fact, not a single president has found it necessary or even considered issuing a blanket exemption of all Department of Defense employees from collective bargaining since the enactment of the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978.”

See the full text of the letter or download the pdf by clicking the link below.

MTD President Hart Urges Sec. Esper to Reject Trump Memorandum Eliminating Union Rights

On February 13 Metal Trades Department President James Hart sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Mark Esper urging him to reject any implementation of the President’s January 29 memorandum regarding Department of Defense’s discretion in eliminating workers’ unions and their right to collectively bargain.

In the letter, President Hart states, “[A]n adverse decision by your office in implementing this shortsighted and politically motivated directive, will not only subject federal employees and our armed forces to harms way, but will jeopardize the national security of all Americans.”
See the text of the full letter.

New Hampshire Democratic Primary Rally Saturday, Feb. 8

The Portsmouth Federal Employee Metal Trades Council representing federal wage grade employees affected by President Trump’s ILLEGAL Executive Order(s) 13836, 13837 and 13838 at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in New Hampshire will rally on behalf of all federal employees.

Date:
Saturday, February 8, 2020
Time:
11:00 a.m.
Location:
Prescott Park
(weather permitting)

105 Marcy Street
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
LIUNA Local Union 976
(alt site)
155 West Road

Portsmouth, New Hampshire

All candidates seeking the Democratic Presidential nomination have been invited. Only candidates who agree to sign the following pledge will be allowed to participate.

“Upon election and taking the oath of office as President of the United States, I shall immediately overturn Trump Executive Orders 13836, 13837 and 13838 and reopen all employee contracts negotiated under or effected by the terms of the court decreed illegal Executive Orders”
The department very much welcomes your attendance and support of this important event. Your assistance in encouraging the involvement of your local affiliates and representatives is vital to the events success and determining the ultimate fate of the federal workforce.

President Hart to Congress: Pursue Legislative Remedies to Block & Reverse Destructive Executive Orders

On July 16, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit overturned, on jurisdictional grounds, a lower court ruling blocking the implementation of three controversial Trump Workforce Executive Orders taking aim at federal employee unions.

In a letter to Congress, Metal Trades Department President James Hart asked Senators and Representatives to take legislative action to block and reverse these destructive Executive Orders.

See the text of the full letter below:

Dear House / Senate Member

 

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit overturned, on jurisdictional grounds, a lower court ruling blocking the implementation of three controversial Trump Workforce Executive Orders taking aim at federal employee unions.

 

In its ruling issued on July 16, 2019, the three-judge panel stated in overruling the lower court decision that the suit lacked judicial jurisdiction and that federal employees and their representatives can only seek relief from the court after going through the administrative process, namely the Federal Labor Relations Authority. This decision condemns the federal workforce to a fate dictating that workers must sit back and watch their rights being trampled upon by overzealous agency management personnel, as unions are now forced to address contract and statute violations by filing Unfair Labor Practice charges with the FLRA, an agency filled with partisan appointees, devoid of a general counsel, and plagued with huge case backlogs.

 

The appeals court overturned an August 2018-decision from the District of Columbia federal district court, which invalidated nine key provisions of the President’s three Federal Workforce Executive Orders, 13836, 13837 and 13838, that conflicted with the original intent of Congress when passing the Civil Service Reform Act and Federal Labor-Management Relations Statute in 1978.

 

Those provisions include:

 

  • The imposition of a 25% cap on the use of official time,
  • The prohibition against employees’ right to petition and communicate with Congress,
  • The ban on the use of official time by union representatives to prepare and present grievances,
  • The one hour per bargaining unit employee formula to be applied to set an aggregate cap on the use of official time,
  • The limitations placed on unions’ use of agency facilities, such as office space and computers,
  • The exclusion of challenges to performance ratings and incentive pay from the scope of the negotiated grievance procedure,
  • The limitation of performance improvement periods to 30 days, with agencies alone having the discretion to apply longer periods,
  • The direction to agencies to press for the exclusion of removals from the scope of the negotiated grievance procedure, and
  • The prohibition against bargaining over “permissive” subjects.

The Metal Trades Department, AFL-CIO, and its 17 International Union Affiliates seeks your support in pursuing legislative remedies to block and reverse these destructive executive orders. The days of disrespecting the federal workforce by this Administration must come to an end.

 

Regards,

Jimmy Hart

President

FWA Calls on Congress to Support ALJ Competitive Service Act

In a letter to Representatives Cummings, Neal, Davis and Fitzpatrick, the Federal Workers Alliance — of which the Metal Trades Department is a member — expressed its support for the ALJ Competitive Service Restoration Act. The legislation was introduced in response to President Trump’s Executive Order 13843 that removes federal Administrative Law Judges (ALJs) from the competitive service to excepted service.

The FWA, which collectively represents 300,000 federal workers, explains that the EO “allows political appointees at agencies throughout the federal government to pick and choose inexperienced political friends to serve as ALJs who could move forward the partisan agenda of whoever may be occupying the White House.”

Outlining the dangers of not addressing the EO, the FWA went on to ask all House members to support the legislation.

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Resources Available to Affected Member in the Pacific Northwest & California

Dozens of historic deadly wildfires continue to consume millions of acres in the west, especially in California, Oregon and Washington where in some cases entire towns have been destroyed and tens of thousands of people have been forced to flee their homes.

Most evacuees have had to leave quickly with little advance notice, taking what few belongings they could. Thousands of homes and businesses have been incinerated. Weather conditions are improving, but the fire danger isn’t over. Wildfires are also burning in Utah, Nevada, Arizona, Idaho, Wyoming and Montana.

The Metal Trades Department has compiled a list of resources for our members and employment partners. If you need additional assistance, contact your MTD General Representative.

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