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NFFE and Coalition Partners Rally, Wear Red to Support #RedforFeds Day Before Trump Lawsuit Hearing

Wednesday, July 25, 2018
 

On Wednesday, July 25, 2018, NFFE and Coalition Partners rally at #RedforFeds before a hearing in U.S. District Court against the three Trump Executive Orders issued in May.

For Immediate Release


Washington, D.C. – Today, as union lawyers prepared to argue that President Trump exceeded his authority when he issued three illegal, anti-federal worker Executive Orders last May, National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE) members and staff joined fellow union leaders and allies on #RedforFeds Day, a nation-wide act of solidarity supporting the federal civil service.

 

The #RedforFeds rally was held outside of the U.S. District Court for D.C. prior to oral arguments in a lawsuit filed by NFFE and 12 other unions against the President and the Office of Personnel Management. The suit was later consolidated with lawsuits from the National Treasury Employees Union, the American Federation of Government Employees, and the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees.   

 

“It’s always a great day when labor forces join together, in solidarity, on behalf of the hardworking federal employees who serve this country,” stated NFFE National President Randy Erwin. “These Executive Orders are a direct attack on our Constitutional first amendment rights; the right to freedom of association, and the right to form and join a union.  Today’s rally and hearing is a reminder to all of us that united we fight and divided we fail.”

 

The unions are seeking an injunction from the Court to block further implementation of the three Executive Orders that unlawfully prohibit statutory guarantees to legitimate representation and due process in the federal workplace.  Joining the sentiment of federal unions are members of Congress from both parties, sending three separate letters to Trump requesting that he rescind the Executive Orders.  Additionally, a bipartisan group of current and former congressional leaders filed an amicus brief in opposition of the Executive Orders.

 

“I am extremely thankful to see that so many members of Congress, Democrats and Republicans alike, take a stand in support of federal employees and the civil service institutions that for decades promoted fairness, transparency, and efficiency in the government,” Erwin said. “Their support is critical to protecting legitimate representation, due process and a clear voice in the workplace to better serve the American people.” 

 

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