Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson strikes down Trump order making it easy to fire federal workers

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, a federal judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, struck down key provisions in President Donald Trump's executive orders that would have made it easier to terminate federal employees and weaken their labor unions.

In a court ruling, U.S. District Court wrote that unions were right in arguing that the provisions included in the orders infringed upon areas that are negotiated between federal employee unions and the government.

Judge Brown Jackson, wrote that Trumps' three executive orders, which seek to make it easier to fire federal workers and significantly reduce how unions can collectively bargain and represent employees, disregard Congress' conclusion that good-faith labor-management negotiations are "in the public interest."

The White House issued a statement after Trump's executive order were signed in May 2018:

"Tenured Federal employees have stolen agency property, run personal businesses from work, and been arrested for using drugs during lunch breaks and not been fired. To empower our civil servants to best help others, the government must always operate more efficiently and more securely."

The White House had also pointed to instances of misconduct committed by federal employees as reasoning for the rule change, which encouraged agencies to fire poor-performing employees instead of first suspending them. It also cut the amount of time low-performing workers were given to improve.

At the time, Unions representing government workers were quick to denounce the actions and subsequently filed a lawsuit. J. David Cox Sr., national president of the American Federation of Government Employees, the largest federal employee union, said in a statement:

“This is more than union busting — it’s democracy busting. These executive orders are a direct assault on the legal rights and protections that Congress has specifically guaranteed.”


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