Friday President Trump signed 3 executive orders that overhauls the federal bureaucracy, including an order that makes it easier to fire federal workers for misconduct.
Trump said that to empower our civil servants to best help others, the government must always operate more efficiently and more securely. He signed the 3 executive orders this afternoon, according to the White House.
The first order is to strengthen accountability for federal employees and makes it easier to fire poor performers in the federal government. This is something past presidents didn’t do.
The second executive order creates a federal labor relations working group to analyze union contracts with the federal government. It also makes it harder to pay federal unions to appeal firings and to lobby Congress.
And the last executive order focuses on federal unions, is aimed at reducing waste and expenditures and requires federal employees to spend at least 75 percent of their time working on the job they were hired to do, as opposed to working on federal union work. It will also allow the federal government to start charging unions for office space in federal buildings.
Andrew Bremberg, who leads Trump’s domestic policy council, said the orders will make it easier for agencies to remove poor-performing employees and ensure that taxpayer dollars are more efficiently used.
But this has ticked off J. David Cox Sr., president of the American Federation of Government Employees, whose membership includes some 700,000 U.S. government and D.C. workers, who claims these executive orders are a direct assault on the legal rights and protections that Congress has specifically guaranteed to the two million public-sector employees across the country who work for the federal government.
Cox further said this administration seems hellbent on replacing a civil service that works for all taxpayers with a political service that serves at its whim.
Cox said in the newspaper that his union was prepared to take its challenge to Congress and the public.
This comes as no surprise. Since day one of the Trump presidency, the left has been trying to stop all he tries to achieve.