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    Betsy devos is now fighting the union at the education department

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    THE UNION REPRESENTING nearly 4,000 federal employees working for the U.S. Department of Education filed a complaint this week accusing the agency, run by Betsy DeVos, of union busting.

    The complaint, filed with the Federal Labor Relations Authority on Tuesday, comes after the Education Department effectively declared itself free from union mandates by imposing upon the agency’s 3,900 staffers a “collective bargaining agreement” that commands no union agreement at all.

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    On Friday, management officials at the Education Department informed their workers’ union, the American Federation of Government Employees Council 252, that they would no longer be bargaining with them. Instead, management issued a 40-page document the department is calling a “collective bargaining agreement.” This unilateral agreement supposedly took effect on Monday. Education Department staffers have been represented by the AFGE since 1982.

    “AFGE did not agree to these unilateral terms,” said Claudette Young, AFGE Council 252 president, in a statement. “The agency has imposed an illegal document that we had absolutely no bargaining over. It’s a total attempt to strip employees of their collective bargaining rights and bust the union. This is an attempt to tie our hands.”

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    The Federal Labor Relations Authority is expected to launch an investigation in response to the complaint. (A spokesperson for the labor board did not return a request for comment.) Hill told Politico that the agency’s unilateral contract “complies with all statutory requirements and maintains union members’ rights under the Civil Service Protections Act and the Federal Labor Relations Act.”

    The one-sided agreement includes a number of obvious deficiencies, union members said. For one thing, it’s not signed by anyone in the union. “In order for any contract to be legally binding, it must be illustrated by a signature,” said Sharon Harris, national executive vice president for Council 252. The document also uses the union’s logo on its front cover. “They didn’t get permission from AFGE to use that, and it gives a false perception that this was a joint agreement between management and the union,” Harris added. Moreover, the document includes a preamble which states:

    The following articles of this agreement constitute a total and complete agreement on the subjects addressed in the articles, by and between the U.S. Department of Education … and the American Federation of Government Employees …
    That stands my understanding of agreement on its head.

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    Pathetic....just pathetic
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    so, is there any cabinet member in this administration that hasn't done something stupid?

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    Quote Originally Posted by the watchman View Post
    so, is there any cabinet member in this administration that hasn't done something stupid?
    Not a one
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    Quote Originally Posted by labrea View Post
    That stands my understanding of agreement on its head.
    One more sign that the WH is moving more and more to fascist procedures.

    Simply 'create' a fact by designing a document, with false pretenses and at the given time false and illegal statement, claiming the identity of different parts of he agreement at the same time, to create a fact that never went through any vetted process.

    And yet again, the GOP will sit by idly , watching the democratic process being torn apart.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NeoVsMatrix View Post
    One more sign that the WH is moving more and more to fascist procedures.

    Simply 'create' a fact by designing a document, with false pretenses and at the given time false and illegal statement, claiming the identity of different parts of he agreement at the same time, to create a fact that never went through any vetted process.

    And yet again, the GOP will sit by idly , watching the democratic process being torn apart.
    Going through the democratic process doesnt guarantee a win.
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    It's time to end the Department of Education as a cabinet level department. It's just one more layer of management between the teacher and the taxpayer.

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    Well, file the law suit now. Unfortunately it's only going to cost the tax payer more because the gov't will lose in court. How much money is this administration going to cost the taxpayer because of its incredible incompetence?

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