Trump Signs Executive Orders To Facilitate Firing Of Federal Workers
On Friday, President Donald Trump signed multiple executive orders to facilitate the dismissal of government employees.
Trump Eases Dismissal Of Government Employees
This effectively rolls backs the rights of the unions that represent these federal workers.
Andrew Bremberg, the head of the White House Domestic Policy Council, stated Trump was “fulfilling his promise to promote more efficient government by reforming our Civil Service rules.”
Among the entities that would be affected by these new executive orders is the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
Several federal employee unions rapidly criticized the president’s decision. The American Federation of Government Employees — the country’s biggest such union that represents around 700,000 workers — called the orders an “assault on democracy,” according to the New York Times.
With this move, Trump could draw the ire of several lawmakers from both parties in Virginia and other Washington-area states, as many of the districts near the nation’s capital also include federal workers among their constituents.
Trump’s assault on workers’ rights in general first became apparent when he named Andrew Puzder — the former CEO of restaurant chains Hardee’s and Carl Jr.’s — as U.S. Labor Secretary shortly after taking office. Puzder withdrew from consideration from the position after he failed to obtain enough votes to confirm him for the role. Alexander Acosta is the current Secretary of Labor.