Has an Obama Executive Order Put Federal Agencies Into Union Bosses’ Hands?


Gerald W. McEntee is the International President of the 1.6 million-member American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), one of the most aggressive and politically active organizing unions in the AFL-CIO.

There is no way to put this that does not sound alarmist. However, when you read the document [below the fold] and give due consideration to all of the ramifications—including national security as the TSA agents begin voting whether or not to unionize—it will be hard not to be concerned that…

The President of the United States of America has turned over a significant portion of the Executive Branch of the United States government to union bosses.

Here’s the background:

On December 9, 2009, in the middle of the health care debate, President Obama issued Executive Order 13522, entitled Creating Labor-Management Forums to Improve Delivery of Government Services. Here is the list of agencies affected, as well as their initial reports regarding actions taken to comply with the EO.

Due to the timing in 2009, very little attention was paid to this Executive Order. However, over the past year, per the EO’s directive, the National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relations was formed and has been meeting. Also within the text, the EO orders Executive Branch agencies to form labor-management forums with the unions that represent the Executive Branch agency employees. While labor-management cooperation can be a good thing in the proper setting, the fact of the matter is, the implementation of the President’s Executive Order seems to put a tremendous amount of power into the hands of union bosses who may or may not be employed by the federal government.

Last Wednesday, January 19th, the National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relations held one of its joint meetings (view previous meeting schedule here). During the meeting, apparently a handout was given which was signed by the Director of the Office of Personnel Management, as well as the Deputy Director for Management at the Office of Management and Budget. The handout is a startling document considering the amount of information and decision-making power that union bosses are being given.

In the text of the third paragraph, some light is shed on just how much decision-making is handed over to the “pre-decisional” involvement process:

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