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DeVos and Trump Charged with Union Busting

The FLRA has found enough evidence to charge the Department of Education with violating their CBA with AFGE

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Jul 26, 2018

The ongoing saga between the Trump administration and the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) took another turn this week when the Education Department and anti-union Secretary Betsy DeVos were charged with trying to bust the department’s union.

On Thursday, AFGE announced that the Federal Labor Relations Authority had informed both sides that they would be filing charges against the DOE for violating federal labor law by attempting to ignore the collective bargaining agreement and unilaterally institute a number of changes. This included limiting union time and kicking the AFGE out of their offices which were on the Department’s property. 3,900 AFGE members work for the Education Department.

"The FLRA investigator has found merit in the unfair labor practice charge that AFGE filed in March after Education Department management walked away from the bargaining table and imposed its own illegal management edict," AFGE General Counsel David Borer said. "We urge Education officials to return to the table to negotiate a fair and just contract, which all employees deserve."

The filing of charges comes just a day after AFGE and the Trump administration were in court.  The union is suing to stop Trump from instituting a number of changes to the federal workforce structure. Many of these changes are in direct violation of AFGE’s CBAs.

"We're putting all agencies on notice that they cannot use President Trump's illegal and unconstitutional executive orders as a cover to bust unions and gut employees' rights," AFGE National President J. David Cox Sr. said.

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