For Immediate Release
Group of 132 Lawmakers Urges Trump to Rescind Anti-Worker Executive Orders
AFGE thanks Rep. Schakowsky for leading effort to denounce illegal directives
WASHINGTON - Another group of lawmakers has urged President Trump to rescind three executive orders “that would undermine collective bargaining, union representation and whistleblower protection for federal workers.”
Rep. Jan Schakowsky of Illinois spearheaded the July 9 letter, which was signed by 132 members of Congress – including more than half of the Democratic caucus and more than one-fourth of the U.S. House.
“Federal workers are public servants who deserve the workplace rights and protections that last month’s Executive Orders would take away. Those Orders are unfair and will make it harder to attract and retain a qualified federal workforce,” the letter states.
The American Federation of Government Employees, which filed the first lawsuit challenging President Trump’s directives, thanked the lawmakers for speaking up in support of federal employees and their rights under the law.
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“President Trump seems to believe he’s above the law, but we will not be intimidated by his illegal tactics,” AFGE National President J. David Cox Sr. said. “We will not allow this or any other administration to trample on the Constitutional rights of federal workers.”
The letter spearheaded by Rep. Schakowsky follows separate letters sent to the White House by a bipartisan group of 44 House members and 45 Senate Democrats urging President Trump to rescind the executive orders, as well as an amicus brief filed by a bipartisan group of current and former lawmakers in support of lawsuits filed by AFGE and other federal unions.
“Thank you to Representative Schakowsky for spearheading this letter, and many thanks to all of the elected leaders who have spoken out against President Trump’s illegal and unconstitutional actions,” Cox said.
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The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) is the largest federal employee union, representing 700,000 workers in the federal government and the government of the District of Columbia.