Biden Ousts All 10 of Trump’s Union Busters From Powerful Labor Panel

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Slate.com: On Tuesday, Joe Biden demanded the resignations of all 10 of Donald Trump’s appointees to the Federal Service Impasses Panel, a powerful labor relations board, in a major victory for federal unions.

Eight members resigned, and two were fired after refusing to step down. Trump’s appointees—a group of partisan anti-labor activists—had hobbled federal unions for years, sabotaging their ability to organize and bargain collectively.

Biden’s clean sweep, which was first reported by Government Executive’s Erich Wagner, marks a crucial step toward ending his predecessor’s campaign of federal union busting.

The Federal Service Impasses Panel plays a major role in disputes between executive agencies and federal unions—disputes that often affect the government’s ability to administer programs fairly and lawfully.

When unions and managers reach a stalemate at the bargaining table, the panel steps in to referee. It is supposed to find common ground between the parties to further the government’s official policy of promoting “collective bargaining in the civil service” and encouraging “the amicable settlements of disputes.”

The panel has authority to write binding, unreviewable terms into unions’ contracts, and its members do not require Senate confirmation. Trump’s appointees consistently defied the panel’s legal obligations to remain a neutral arbiter.

Instead, they displayed a clear pattern of siding with management and sometimes even imposed harsher terms than management requested. In an unprecedented and radical move, the panel even imposed terms that management did not request at all, like extending the length of an unfavorable contract. In other words, it functioned as intended: Trump stacked the panel with deeply ideological conservatives with extensive experience busting unions.  read more

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2021/02/biden-fires-trump-union-busters-federal-service-impasses-panel.html

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  1. Walmart has closed over 100 stores that voted to have a union. Walmart says, the stores were not doing well. The President of the Actors Guild Ronald Regan gets the Union Busting Award. He and the Neocons drove all the good paying Union Jobs out of the country. Intentionally. And if your company did not tell you in advance ! The worker was given two weeks pay. DuPont fired me with 24 years and sent my job to China. Unions were 49% of the work force when Regan took office. Today about 13% but most of them are Public Employees. Unions is the only thing that will ever make the US great again. It will never happen because of to many stupid people. You know ? The guys who could, single handily win a war. The military is the best example of a Union. But the military does not allow its members to negotiate. A union votes on all proposals and contracts.

  2. Amazon and the those mega companies who exploit their workers are who the Labor Panel is protecting now…

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