AFGE Wins as Court Strikes Down Trump’s Anti-Worker Executive Order

WASHINGTON – In a landmark decision, a federal judge has ruled that President Trump violated the U.S. Constitution and laws providing checks and balances in the federal government by attempting to deny more than 2 million federal workers their legal right to representation.

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled late Friday that the Trump administration’s May 25 executive order on official time violated the U.S. Constitution and the separation of powers as established in law.

The American Federation of Government Employees, which was the first union to challenge President Trump’s executive orders in court, applauded the judge’s ruling.

“President Trump’s illegal action was a direct assault on the legal rights and protections that Congress specifically guaranteed to the public-sector employees across this country who keep our federal government running every single day,” AFGE National President J. David Cox Sr. said.

“We are heartened by the judge’s ruling and by the huge outpouring of support shown to federal workers by lawmakers from both parties, fellow union workers, and compassionate citizens across the country,” Cox said. “Our members go to work every single day to serve the American people, and they deserve all the rights and protections afforded to them by our founding fathers.”

AFGE, the largest union representing federal government employees, filed two lawsuits challenging President Trump’s executive orders. The first lawsuit challenged the executive order on official time as a violation of the right to freedom of association guaranteed by the First Amendment, and as exceeding the president’s authority. The second lawsuit charged that the remaining two orders exceed the president’s authority under the U.S. Constitution by violating the separation of powers and exceeding current law.

The impact of these executive orders began being felt months before they were even issued, as the Department of Education in March threw out the contract covering 3,900 federal employees represented by AFGE and implemented its own illegal management edict that strips workers of their union rights, a precursor to what was to come weeks later when President Trump issued the three union-busting, anti-federal worker executive orders. Since the executive orders were signed May 25, other agencies including the Social Security Administration and Department of Veterans Affairs have issued similar edicts in an attempt to eradicate unions from the federal workplace and deny workers their legal right to representation.

“Now that the judge has issued her decision, I urge all agencies that have attempted to enforce this illegal executive order to restore all previously negotiated contracts and to bargain in good faith with employee representatives on any future changes as required under the law,” Cox said.

Wisconsin 2018 Labor Day Events

Celebrate with your union brothers and sisters and community members around the state as we honor all who labor. On Labor Day, we remember the achievements of the union movement and pledge to keep up the fight for safe workplaces, livable wages and a fair economy that works for all of us.

List of events here:

Pan-African Journal: Worldwide Radio Broadcast August 25, 2018 Edition

Listen to the Sat. Aug. 25, 2018 edition of the Pan-African Journal: Worldwide Radio Broadcast hosted by Abayomi Azikiwe, editor of the Pan-African News Wire. The program features our regular PANW report with dispatches on the passing of Egyptian marxist scholar and consultant Samir Amin; there have been more reported cases of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC); the Constitutional Court in Zimbabwe has upheld the victory of incumbent President Emmerson Mnangagwa paving the way for his inauguration for a full term as head-of-state; and the Ugandan government has charged Member of Parliament Bobbi Wine with treason. In the second hour we commemorate Black August with a rare archived interview with political prisoner George Jackson from 1971. Finally we continue our tribute to Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin on the eve of memorial services which will be held this coming week in Detroit.

Milwaukee, August 31, 2018: Black August Film: Visions of Abolition

Hosted by Milwaukee County Progressives No Palestine Exception

Black August Film: Visions of Abolition

1001 E Keefe Avenue, Milwaukee, 6:30 P.M. 

Black August Friday Freedom Flick
*** Visions of Abolition: From Critical Resistance To A New Way Of Life ***

++ Discussion afterwards
++ Free and open to all interested. Dedicated to strengthening movements for peace, freedom & liberation.
++ Wheelchair Accessibility: via portable temporary ramp into first floor where movies will be shown.
Visions of Abolition is a new feature length documentary about the prison industrial complex and the prison abolition movement.

Part I “Breaking down the Prison Industrial Complex” weaves together the voices of women caught in the criminal justice system, and leading scholars of prison abolition, examining the racial and gendered violence of the prison system. Our film features the work of Susan Burton, a formerly incarcerated mother who established A New Way of Life, a group of transition homes for women coming home from prison in South Los Angeles (39 mins).

Part II “Abolition: Past Present and Future,” documents the recent history of the prison abolition movement through the organizing efforts of Critical Resistance and explores the meaning of abolitionist politics. By focusing on the collaboration between Critical Resistance and A New Way of Life, (known as the L.E.A.D. Project) the second half of the film unfolds a vision of abolition in practice (48 mins).

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