AFGE members anticipate positive changes under incoming Biden administration

Federal employees have made sacrifices under the Trump administration. Less people were tasked with more work, union representatives were kicked out of their office space and more.

American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 3283 Executive Vice President Laurie Glicker and Legislative Steward Dan Drost discussed how federal employees have been affected by the actions of this administration and what they anticipate going forward with President-elect Joe Biden on America’s Work Force Union Podcast.

In order to maintain social distancing, the guests called in via a conference call so they could both take part in the discussion simultaneously.

As leaders of Local 3283, they represent the employees of the Defense Finance Accounting Service. This is essentially the financial arm of the Depart of Defense (DOD). They are in charge of paying DOD employees, retired military, active-duty military and more.

How President Trump has hurt AFGE members

Although President Trump is one of the most vocal presidents the country has experienced, he has worked behind the scene to chip away at the rights of federal employees.

Glicker said the most dangerous are the executive orders issued by President Trump. Most notably was his order making federal employees “Schedule F” employees who can be fired at-will for their political beliefs or other reasons.

Unfortunately, various courts have upheld these orders.

Despite many federal employees dealing with the effects of decisions made by the Trump administration, Drost said members of Local 3283 have been fairly lucky. Their contract has not ended under President Trump and their management has been good with past negotiations.

What can President-elect Biden do?

There are a number of situations that can unfold under a Biden presidency, said Glicker and Drost.

If Democrats do not take the Senate, much of the action will occur through executive action and rule changing. If Democrats win the Senate majority they will be able to impose their will, having control of the White House, Senate and House of Representatives.


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