Biden Fires More Trumpers in US DOL
Ten anti-union appointees in federal labor panel fired or resigned
President Biden’s quest to rid the government of Trump’s labor officials continued this week with the announcement that 10 Trump appointees to the Federal Service Impasses Panel (FSIP) have been relieved of their duties.
The FSIP is supposed to be the body that resolves disputes between federal agencies and federal unions, but under Trump, the panel used its authority to rewrite collective bargaining agreements. As UCOMM previously reported, this included forcing unions to accept wildly one-sided contracts.
According to Kimberly Moseley, executive director of the FSIP, eight of the members submitted their resignation by a 5 PM deadline on Tuesday, after President Biden asked the entire panel to resign. The President fired the remaining two members who refused to resign. At this time, no new members have been appointed to fill out the panel.
The 10 members of the panel were wildly anti-union and came from groups like American Legislative Exchange Council, The Heritage Foundation, and the Mackinac Center. One even worked as the President of a law firm devoted to serving clients “hurt by public employee union officials.” A study by the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) found that during the Trump years, management won about 90% of the case that came before the panel.
“The FSIP is supposed to be comprised of members who are qualified, experienced, fair and neutral,” said NTEU President Tony Reardon. "The Trump-appointed panel was none of those things, and its record of nearly always siding with agency management, not withstanding the record before it, proved its bias.”
Federal unions expressed their thanks that due to President Biden’s move they will get a fairer shot when dealing with agency heads.
“On behalf of the 700,000 government employees we represent, our union extend our heartfelt thanks to President Biden for taking swift action to remove the current panel members and restore basic fairness for federal workers,” said Everett Kelley, the national President of AFGE. “The outgoing panel, appointed by the previous administration and stacked with transparently biased union-busters, was notorious for ignoring the law to gut workplace rights and further an extreme political agenda. FSIP is a critical component in the federal negotiating process, and we look forward to President Biden's future picks issuing just decisions, unencumbered by political interference.”
This is just the latest in a long line of moves to reverse Trump’s attacks on Labor. As UCOMM previously reported in the last two weeks Biden has signed executive orders repealing Trump’s federal union-busting orders, fired the anti-union NLRB General Counsel Peter Robb, had the new acting NLRB General Counsel roll back multiple anti-union Trump-era policies, and selected union leaders to run important departments like OSHA, the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division, and appointed a union lawyer to head the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA).