By Sahid Fawaz
Employees of the federal agency that handles labor relations are themselves the target of the current administration’s assault on union members.
“The federal agency that adjudicates disputes between businesses and their workers will renegotiate an existing collective contract with its own employees union for the first time in at least 15 years.
National Labor Relations Board General Counsel Peter Robb informed union representatives yesterday that he plans “to terminate the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the Office of the General Counsel” and professional staff at headquarters, according to agency communications obtained by Bloomberg Law.
The move is essentially notice that the board’s top prosecutor would like to revisit the employment terms for agency workers under his authority. Other NLRB workers are technically employees of the board’s three sitting members and chairman. It comes as Robb is also weighing various moves to reorganize the agency’s field operations, including through buyouts.
Adam Naill, Legislative Affairs Director for the NLRB Professional Association, told Bloomberg Law Aug. 9 that a renegotiation is likely aimed at implementing directives from President Donald Trump regarding federal employees’ unions. Those directives, which includes an executive order that makes it easier to fire federal workers, are likely to result in lesser benefits and job protections for NLRB staffers, Naill said.
“They are trying to cripple our union and make it easier for the President’s political appointees to fire civil servants without any due process,” Naill said.
The NLRB and Robb declined to comment.”
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