How the Executive Orders Affect Federal Workers


The recent presidential executive orders end 40 years of legislative support for the right of federal union representatives to help colleagues file grievances, address sexual harass­ment claims, and gain whistle-blower protection. The orders will make it so that employers can use excessive punishment on employees for minimal issues, including steps toward removal.



Members may be forced to write their own grievances, without assistance from their union.

The Executive Orders defy existing statute by refusing members use of government facilities (computers, phones, etc.), and bargaining unit members will not be able to meet with their union representatives during official time.

Members can only meet with their union before or after work, and during lunch.

IAM/ NFFE local representatives are given minimal and unworkable official time to prepare for grievances.

For help and information to support your local with the Executive Orders, contact your

Grand Lodge Representative, Business Representative or the Government Employees Department.



The House version of the 2020 Financial Services and General Government (FSGG) Appropriations bill (H.R.3351) has a provision, Section 749 that offers protections for Federal Workers.  The bill is now in conference and we need you to weigh in to ensure they do not take out the provision.  

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Our History

In 1978, when the Senate passed the Civil Service Reform Act establishing official time, it did so on an 87-1 vote and the House accepted the Conference report by 365-8. According to the legislation, the U.S. government allows employees to “organize, bargaining collectively, and participate through labor organizations of their own choosing in decisions which affect them.” The rationale is that such participation promotes the public interest, contributes to the effective conduct of public business, and enables the amicable settlement of disputes between employees and employers.

Section 7131 of that bill provides federal employees with “official time’” to engage in representational activities, discussions of grievances, dispute resolution, labor relations training, labor-management relations, and new department initiatives, among other things. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission implemented the legislation by adopting rules that “require managers and supervisors to allow complainants who are employees a reasonable amount of official time, when in official duty status, to prepare their EEO com­plaints and to respond to agency and EEOC requests for information.”


The IAM’s Legislative Team is lobbying Congress to seek relief from these draconian Executive Orders that take away your rights to representation. 


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Updated: November 20, 2019 — 10:03 am