Whenever President Trump signs an executive order the media collectively go crazy. Whether the news is good or whether it is bad matters not at all. This time instead of the mainstream liberal media going nuts it is the unions who are running for their lives. Especially now that the executive order messes with their ability to negotiate with agencies and represent specific workers. Something that they have long taken advantage. However, those days are over and done with.
Red Nation now reported the following,
“President Trump issued a series of executive orders that has government bureaucrats panicking. The orders potentially remove federal employee unions’ ability to negotiate with agency leaders and represent workers. They additionally reduce the time it takes for an agency to fire people for poor performance or misconduct.
Of course, federal workers are upset over this… but this is a step towards accountability, which is always a good thing. For too long, government workers have been exempt from repercussions for not working or following the rules. They have felt entitled and not accountable to the people paying their salaries: the taxpayers! President Trump promised on the campaign trail to “drain the swamp” and this is a step in the right direction.
More specifically, the three executive orders make it easier to fire poor performers and it orders harsher treatment of union representatives who exhibit misconduct. The goal of the orders is to eradicate (or at least significantly reduce) corruption in the federal government. It also reduces the power of unions that often operate like mafias.
The president’s director of his Domestic Policy Council said in a statement, “Today, the President is fulfilling his promise to promote a more efficient government by reforming civil service rules. Every year, the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey shows that less than one-third of federal employees believe poor performers are adequately addressed by their agency. These executive orders make it easier to remove poor performing employees, and ensure that taxpayer dollars are more efficiently used.”
Currently, it takes the federal government around 120 days to fire a worker who is flagrantly exhibiting misconduct–or simply not working at all. Under the new rules, such a worker can be fired in 30 days. The White House said in a statement, “A GAO report shows that it takes six months to a year to remove someone from the government, and can often take another nine months on appeal,” an official said. “[This] also encourages agencies to fire someone for misconduct when they’ve been engaged in behavior that warrants it, instead of just suspending them.” The new order also prioritizes results over seniority. Talk about cleaning house! It’s time to get rid of the smug, overpaid.” Obama-holdovers who aren’t doing their jobs.”
While the Washington Post reported the following,
“The changes have been championed by Republicans who have sought to rein in the size and reach of the federal bureaucracy of 2 million, which under Trump has been gradually shrinking through hiring freezes and unfilled vacancies. The trio of executive orders — which can be undone by the next president — could have a much more dramatic impact. They immediately drew polarized reactions, with public employee unions casting them as an attack on civil servants and conservatives praising the overhaul as a win for accountability.
The orders limit federal employees to spending no more than a quarter of their workday on “official time” — paid time to do union business, a benefit Congress approved for federal unions four decades ago. Administration officials said the change could save $100 million a year.
They require agencies to negotiate union contracts in less than a year. And they direct managers to move more aggressively to fire poor performers or employees involved in misconduct, limiting to one month a last-chance grace period for improvement that now can last up to 120 days. Agencies must also disclose details about an employee’s record to other federal offices considering hiring someone who has been fired or disciplined.
The changes also upend a long tradition of basing layoffs on seniority. Agencies can now take performance into consideration, as well. The orders also require agencies to begin charging unions for space in federal buildings they now use for free. White House officials said their goal is to make the federal workforce more efficient and responsive to the public and to improve morale for employees who play by the rules.”
What this is truly about is taking out bureaucrats who are ineffective and inefficient. Something that the taxpayers of the United States have been paying for too long. President Trump has made it clear that Cabinet Secretary’s need to run their departments by rewarding good behavior and punishing bad behavior with removal. Long gone are the days that federal agencies are filled with employees who do nothing, take advantage of their privileges, and take a handout from the American people. The American people deserve better and the President understands this which is exactly why he has gone out of his way to ensure the good are rewarded and the bad are punished.
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