In light of the July 16, 2019 decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals that the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia did not have jurisdiction to rule on the matter of the legal challenge by AFGE and other federal unions to President Trump’s May 2018 union-busting executive orders, AFGE National President J. David Cox Sr. said:
“Today’s terrible decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia is a tremendous blow to federal employees and their voice in the workplace. The decision is mistaken about the jurisdictional question, wrong on the law, and jeopardizes the rights of federal employees across the government. We will fight this decision using every legal tool available to us.
“While we consider our legal options and next steps, we also call on members of Congress to stand with federal workers and protect our workplace rights. The union-busting framework laid out in the executive orders and the actions already taken at the bargaining table so far demonstrate clearly that there must be a check on the president’s power to destroy federal employees’ union rights.”