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President Biden Overturns Trump Workforce Policies

On January 22, the President signed Executive Orders (EO) on “Protecting the Federal Workforce” which stated that career civil servants are the backbone of the Federal workforce, that it is the policy of the United States to protect, empower and rebuild the career Federal Workforce and encourage union organizing and collective bargaining.

               On January 22, the President signed Executive Orders (EO) on “Protecting the Federal Workforce” which stated that career civil servants are the backbone of the Federal workforce, that it is the policy of the United States to protect, empower and rebuild the career Federal Workforce and encourage union organizing and collective bargaining.

               Included in the orders was the revocation of Schedule F, which was an EO signed by President Trump on October 21, 2020 which exempted from the competitive service, confidential, policy-making  policy-determining, or policy advocating positions and exempted such positions from competitive hiring rules as well as adverse action procedures. President Biden’s EO said the Trump EO undermined the foundation of the civil service. The President’s EO orders agencies to suspend and rescind any activities to implement Schedule F.

               President Biden also rescinded the three Trump administration EOs on labor-management relations aimed at limiting the power of employee unions. The three executive orders shortened the length of performance improvement plans to 30 days, exempted adverse personnel actions from grievance proceedings, streamlined collective bargaining negotiations, and reduced the number of work hours union members could spend on official time. 

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