NTEU Sends Blueprint for Action to Biden-Harris Transition Team
NTEU Sends Blueprint for Action to
Every four or eight years, our country has new leadership and that is a fresh opportunity to share our union’s thoughts on steps the newly-elected president and vice president should take to improve the federal workforce and federal agencies.
With that in mind, NTEU created a “transition document”, titled United for America, and provided it to the Biden-Harris transition team. It outlines the steps we recommend the incoming administration take to restore labor-management relations to its lawful footing and undo the damage to the civil service of the past few years.
At the top of our list is rescinding the entire series of executive orders attacking collective bargaining, due process and diversity training, and creating the new Schedule F. We are asking that anti-labor and anti-employee appointees to agencies that decide cases involving union and employee rights be replaced.
During the first 100 days, we are seeking qualified nominees for critical positions including the director of the Office of Management and Budget, the OMB Deputy Director of Management and the director of the Office of Personnel Management. NTEU also wants increased agency funding and protection of employees’ pay and benefits.
Rescinding the May 2018 executive orders aimed at destroying NTEU’s and other unions’ ability to effectively represent employees, as well as weakening employees’ due process rights, is the first step to undoing some of the damage that has been done at various bargaining tables. However, there is more work to be done. It needs to be clear that none of the actions taken by the Trump administration are permanent and NTEU is ready to work with the next administration to roll those back. NTEU’s litigation strategy of challenging every illegal action deserves much credit for bringing us to this point of still being able to undo the attacks.
Credit also belongs to every NTEU member and chapter leader. You stood strong in the face of unrelenting rhetoric and actions that attempted to portray federal employees as enemies of this country. There will be a new tone coming from the White House when the new leaders are inaugurated.
President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris will help us rebuild the civil service, and stand with federal employees and their unions in the years ahead. The incoming administration faces many challenges, from the ongoing pandemic to rebuilding the economy, but it will be more successful with a strong, professional federal workforce committed to the missions of its agencies.
Thank you for your work as a federal employee and your ongoing support of NTEU. Together, we will build a brighter future for you, your families and our country.