US govt workers sue President Trump over anti-union executive order US govt workers sue President Trump over anti-union executive order

US govt workers sue President Trump over anti-union executive order
15 Jun 2018

Government workers are taking US President Donald Trump to court over an executive order limiting the amount of time public servants can spend on union activities.

According to Bloomberg, the American Federation of Government Employees is seeking a court order to block the new measure from taking effect, claiming it violates the First Amendment and the principle of separation of powers.

"Without any valid justification, it singles out labour organisations and their representatives for disparate, negative treatment as compared to individuals," it said in its complaint.

The executive order was one of three signed recently by the President. The others require the government to charge union members for office space, to stop paying workers for time spent lobbying the federal government and to be tougher in negotiating federal contracts. They also make it easier to fire employees.

 Emma Woollacott

Emma Woollacott is a freelance business journalist. Her work has appeared in a wide range of publications, including the Guardian, the Times, Forbes and the BBC.

Government workers are taking US President Donald Trump to court over an executive order limiting the amount of time public servants can spend on union activities.

According to Bloomberg, the American Federation of Government Employees is seeking a court order to block the new measure from taking effect, claiming it violates the First Amendment and the principle of separation of powers.

"Without any valid justification, it singles out labour organisations and their representatives for disparate, negative treatment as compared to individuals," it said in its complaint.

The executive order was one of three signed recently by the President. The others require the government to charge union members for office space, to stop paying workers for time spent lobbying the federal government and to be tougher in negotiating federal contracts. They also make it easier to fire employees.

 Emma Woollacott

Emma Woollacott is a freelance business journalist. Her work has appeared in a wide range of publications, including the Guardian, the Times, Forbes and the BBC.

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