Jacque Simon, policy director for the American Federation of Government Employees spoke with America’s Work Force on Oct. 23 about the Trump administration working to bust government employee unions.
Simon discussed the three executive orders that were proposed earlier this year and had they been implemented, the federal workforce would have been sent into disarray. After that proposal, the AFGE brought it up in the U.S. Court of Appeals and the decision to implement the executive order was reversed, in favor of the AFGE. Simon also talked about a leaked memo from a member of the Trump administration discussing methods to bust unions, and sideline labor leaders from important meetings involving bargaining, making it more difficult for government unions to draw up contracts.
Mike Walden, president of the National United Committee to Protect Pensions talked about pensions and the Butch-Lewis Act. He said that as of recently, the Butch-Lewis Act has been passed through the house and is making significant progress. Walden said one person that is halting the progress of the Butch-Lewis Act is Senator Mitch McConnell.
AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc discussed the Hard Rock Hotel collapse and the use of non-union, non-licensed contractors for the project.
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