Politics Joe Biden Fires More Of Trump's Labor Appointees
Here's the full list of Biden's executive actions so far
Steps to strengthen the nation's Covid-19 response and restore environmental protections are among Biden's first measures as president.The new president also ordered the establishment a variety of environmental protections and changes to immigration policy.
President Joe Biden continues to take an ax to former President Donald Trump’s labor policies, removing all 10 of his predecessor’s appointees to the Federal Service Impasses Panel.
The FSIP is supposed to resolve bargaining disputes between federal agencies and worker unions. But unions said Trump’s appointees were using the board to essentially rewrite collective bargaining agreements on less favorable terms for workers.
They applauded Biden’s decision to remove all of Trump’s appointees, saying the of the panel was part of a broader attack on bargaining rights for federal employees.
Politics live updates: Biden to unveil executive orders on climate change; Fauci to speak on COVID
Biden on Wednesday is set to issue another raft of executive actions tied to combatting climate change, while the White House COVID-19 team hosts its first of what will be regular news conferences.President Joe Biden on Wednesday is set to issue another raft of executive actions tied to combatting climate change, prioritizing science and evidence-based policy across federal agencies and pausing oil drilling on public lands. It's the latest move to unwind the environmental policies of Trump, who challenged the basis of climate change and had former energy industry lobbyists running key environmental agencies.
“The outgoing panel, appointed by the previous administration and stacked with transparently biased union-busters, was notorious for ignoring the law to gut workplace rights and further an extreme political agenda,” Everett Kelley, president of the American Federation of Government Employees, said in a statement.
Kimberly Moseley, the executive director of the FSIP, told HuffPost that eight of the panel’s 10 members had resigned by 5 p.m. Tuesday, as Biden asked. The president fired the two who had declined to tender their resignations.
Moseley, who is not a member of the panel herself, said the new members have not been named yet. A White House spokesperson did not immediately respond when asked who the two fired members were.
"One more check is not enough": Progressives push Joe Biden to do more to help working families
"We have to make the most of the opportunity," Rep. Ro Khanna, former co-chair of Bernie's campaign, tells Salon Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ro Khanna and Joe Biden Photo illustration by Salon/Getty Images
Appointees to the panel are not Senate-confirmed. That means Biden’s decision to oust Trump’s entire board will be less controversial than his decision to , the former Trump-appointed general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board, who had 10 months left in a four-year term.
As HuffPost , Trump’s choices for the impasse panel came from organizations known for their work undermining unions, like the American Legislative Exchange Council, The Heritage Foundation and the Mackinac Center. One was even the president of a law firm devoted to serving clients “.”
The panel’s job is to broker compromises when federal agencies and unions are at a deadlock negotiating new contracts. At one point, the National Treasury Employees Union performed an analysis of more than 25 cases the panel dealt with in the Trump years and found that management came out ahead in roughly 90% of them.
A chasm opens in COVID-19 relief talks. Can Biden and Republicans close the trillion-dollar gap?
President Joe Biden and group of Senate Republicans huddle at the White House in an effort to reach consensus on a COVID-19 relief plan.Senate Republicans, no longer in power but still a formidable force in a chamber split 50-50 between parties, have balked at the proposal's price tag. A group of 10 senators offered a competing proposal – with about two-thirds less funding than Biden called for.
Trump had issued a series of three highly controversial executive orders aimed at weakening federal job security and union protections. Union-side lawyers believed the Trump panel was trying to carry out similar goals once Trump’s executive orders got delayed in court.
Joanna Friedman, a lawyer with the Federal Practice Group, a firm specializing in government employment law, told HuffPost in 2019 that the Trump administration was “trying to dismantle federal unions.”
Biden has already as the boss of the federal workforce. In his first week in office, he withdrew the trio of executive orders from Trump aimed at federal unions. He also revoked a separate Trump order that would have converted some career jobs in the federal government to political positions, so that more people could be hired and fired for political reasons.
Biden is also less likely than Trump to for federal workers, or to use them as in a record-setting government shutdown.
Tony Reardon, president of the NTEU, told HuffPost last week that the difference between the two presidents with respect to federal workers was like “night and day.”
“Having those folks who are supportive of federal employees and have a deep respect for the work federal employees do, it’s something I am just incredibly happy about,” he said.This article originally appeared on .
Biden removes Trump appointees from boards that shape the District .
Washington officials ask for review of other appointees whose continued service could hurt the District’s affordable housing and equity efforts. Deputy Mayor John Falcicchio sent an unusual letter to Biden’s personnel director last week, asking for a review of Trump’s last-minute appointments to the National Capital Planning Commission and the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts. Because these two boards are responsible for approving development in the city, the new members could impede Washington’s progress toward racial and economic equity, climate change and affordable housing, Falcicchio wrote in a letter obtained by The Washington Post.