Appeals Court Denies Rehearing of Unions’ Case Over Executive Orders

An appeals court has denied a rehearing of a lawsuit over the Trump administration’s executive orders on labor relations.

The Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has denied a request from federal employee unions to rehear their case against the Trump administration’s three executive orders that placed restrictions on federal employee unions and made it easier to fire federal employees for non-performance.

The case has been getting battled out in the courts ever since the executive orders were originally issued last year. This latest activity on the situation helps the case for the Trump administration, and unions have predictably been disappointed with the decision.

“The court’s decision not to grant an en banc rehearing of this vitally important case with far-reaching effects across the federal government is a sad day for the country. While we review our options, hundreds of thousands of federal government workers will suffer as their access to union representation at the worksite is stripped away by the implementation of President Trump’s union-busting executive orders,” AFGE president J. David Cox Sr. said in a statement.

The court had previously upheld a delay in implementing the executive orders when it denied the government’s motion to lift an injunction prohibiting them from being enforced.

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