Biden Reverses Trump Orders Seen as Hostile to Federal Workers

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President Joseph Biden, courtesy of the White House site

Reprinted from The Washington Post by Eric Yoder on January 22, 2021.

President Biden on Friday knocked out the main pillars of his predecessor’s policies toward the federal workforce by repealing Trump administration orders that restricted bargaining and appeal rights and another that sought to remove civil service protections from a large class of employees.

Federal agencies for several years have cited the union-related orders to restrict the subjects over which they will bargain, although the rules needed to carry out the disciplinary policies were finalized only last fall.

One of the orders, issued in October, could have turned tens of thousands of career employees — or more — essentially into political appointees, although time ran out on the Trump administration before it could make those changes. …

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