Government Operations Subcommittee to Hold Hearing Examining Federal Labor-Management Relations

May 31, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. (May 31, 2019)— On Tuesday, June 4, 2019, Rep. Gerry Connolly, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Government Operations, will hold a hearing on “Examining Federal Labor-Management Relations.”

WHERE: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building

WHEN: Tuesday, June 4, 2019

TIME: 2:00 p.m.

The hearing will broadcast here

PURPOSE

The hearing will focus attention on the policies and management of the Federal Labor Relations Authority.

BACKGROUND

The FLRA enforces and interprets the legal rights of federal employees to join unions and bargain collectively over their conditions of employment.  Congress passed the Federal Service Labor Management Relations Statute, which created the FLRA and codified collective bargaining rights, in 1978. 

The Trump Administration has been hostile to unions and collective bargaining rights.  President Trump issued three sweeping executive orders that, among other things, stripped federal employees, including whistleblowers, of union representation at grievance proceedings; physically expelled unions from federal offices; imposed dramatic cuts to the ability of federal employees to represent their coworkers on work time; and imposed arbitrary deadlines on the duration of labor negotiations.

A federal judge struck down key provisions in the executive orders.  The administration has appealed.

WITNESS

The Honorable Colleen Duffy Kiko
Chairman
Federal Labor Relations Authority

116th Congress