NFFE launches program to offset effects of workforce orders
- By Lia Russell
- Mar 09, 2020
The National Federation of Federal Employees is taking steps to offset the impact of workforce executive orders on union local operations. On March 5, the union announced it was implementing its 2020 Executive Order Assistance program to provide monetary and strategic resources to locals struggling to maintain normal business operations under the new workforce orders.
The workforce orders, which President Donald Trump signed into effect in May 2018, severely curbs unions' access to federal facility space and networks, restricts the ability of employees to conduct union business on the job and makes it easier for agencies to discipline and fire feds for performance issues.
"NFFE Locals are currently facing unprecedented hardship due to the recent implementation of President Trump's Executive Orders," the union wrote in a statement announcing the program's launch. "This program provides individualized support that will allow a Local to continue to conduct business and retain membership."
Through the program, NFFE's national office is coordinating with locals' business staff to provide members help with collective bargaining, extra representational assistance from National Executive Council leaders and retired NFFE members as well as legal training "to combat unjust agency action."
Local offices can also apply for both ongoing and one-time funding to cover items such as computer equipment, reimbursement for storage and office space and payment of local labor fees.
"We want to do everything possible to support our loyal and hardworking sisters and brothers as they stand against these attacks," NFFE National President Randy Erwin said in the program launch statement. "We are not backing down; we'll fight every step of the way. This program will help us do that."
Lia Russell is a staff writer and associate editor at FCW covering the federal workforce. Before joining FCW, she worked as a freelance labor reporter in San Francisco for outlets such SF Weekly, The American Prospect and The Baffler. Russell graduated with a bachelor's degree from Bard College.
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