Monday, May 28, 2018

President Trump Just Made It Easier To Fire Bad Federal Employees

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President Donald Trump issued three executive orders Friday to prevent unions from protecting government employees who don’t perform in their jobs.
Critics say Trump is stripping unions of their power by changing how federal agencies approach collective bargaining agreements, but the administration says the goal is to protect taxpayers from overspending on labor.
“By holding poor performers accountable, reforming the use of taxpayer-funded union time, and focusing negotiations on issues that matter, we are advancing our efforts to elevate the federal workforce,” Jeff T.H. Pon, Director of the Office of Personnel Management, said.
Each of the three executive orders address a part of federal labor practices that conservatives have criticized for years. The first reinforces the government’s commitment to merit-based employment by directing agency heads to make swifter firing decisions based on the individual’s record, not standards of “progressive discipline.” It also directs departments to share an employee’s disciplinary records with other agencies, a practice that is currently prohibited.
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