Reprinted from The Washington Post by Joe Davidson on November 6, 2020.
“A little-known federal agency has busted a small union in a big advance for the Trump administration’s unwavering assault on federal labor organizations,” writes Joe Davidson in The Washington Post.
“A rare decision by the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) to decertify — that is, bust — the National Association of Immigration Judges comes on top of President Trump’s recent executive order that could lead thousands of federal employees to lose their civil service protections and union representation.
“In what could be a last stab at federal unions by an administration on the verge of ouster, the three-member FLRA with one dissent said the judges ‘are management officials, and, therefore, [we] exclude them from the bargaining unit.’
“The approximately 470 immigration judges are part of the Justice Department and decide whether people charged with violating immigration laws should be deported. The union has vigorously complained in recent years about heavy pressure from the administration to meet tough annual quotas on the number of cases each judge should complete. …
The WGA … reached a June 30 agreement on a three-year TV/theatrical deal with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, topping off a triennial negotiating cycle like none in recent memory … with ballots due July 22. […]
There are encouraging signs that labor’s enemies’ right-to-work campaigns can actually be defeated. The labor movement in Montana scored a big victory on March 2 after digging in its heels and halting a right-to-work bill and a “paycheck […]