Trump can break the back of “the resistance” with the swipe of a pen.
President Trump’s efforts to reform Washington will run into one massive roadblock — federal employees.
Many are already refusing to follow their orders to enact his agenda, and they can’t be fired because of their union contracts.
Their taxpayer-funded paychecks are also one of the single biggest sources of funding for anti-Trump political campaigns, like the privileged delusional activists who call themselves “The Resistance”.
Trump can pull the plug on all that with one executive order – repealing Richard Nixon’s executive order allowing federal employees to unionize.
Adopted on Oct. 29, 1969, Executive Order 11491 gave federal employees the “right, freely and without fear of penalty or reprisal, to form, join, and assist a labor organization.”
By repealing it, Trump would do to federal workers what Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker did to state employees – which reduced state spending and broke the back of Wisconsin’s liberal political machine.
In fact, Walker proposed just that in his presidential campaign:
“We must take on the big-government union bosses in Washington — just like I took them on in Wisconsin,” said Walker.
“Federal employees should work for the taxpayers — not the other way around,” said Walker.
Unlike state and local employees, federal employees cannot collectively bargain for wages or benefits.
They can only collectively bargain for minor items like work schedules, which can be easily negotiated individually.
Since federal employee unions don’t offer higher pay, their sole purpose is to protect bad employees and raise cash for political campaigns.
In the 48 years since Nixon’s order, federal employee unions have grown into a Leviathan, driving up federal spending, making it impossible to fire corrupt and criminal federal employees, and converting hundreds of millions of tax dollars into cash for liberal political campaigns.
Even liberal PolitiFact notes how difficult unionized federal employees are to fire:
“Very few federal employees — in the hundreds, not the thousands — are ever fired on the basis of poor performance,” said Paul Light, a professor of public service at New York University.
That’s out of a federal workforce of 1.86 million, he said.
“If you want to fire an employee, you’re taking on a task that is very intense and difficult, and biased in favor of protecting employees, and it can take a year or more to complete,” Light said.
Don Kettl, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, agreed that it’s too hard to fire poor performers and that few experts who study the issue would disagree.
“The federal civil service is hamstrung by antiquated rules,” he said. “We need to make it easier to fire poor performers.”
More importantly, federal employee unions are a means of laundering taxpayer money into liberal political campaigns.
The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) and National AFGE headquarters spent $5.9 million on politics in the 2016 election cycle.
Organized labor is the single biggest source of funding for liberal political campaigns.
And of all the industries and sectors in organized labor, federal, state and local government employees are the single biggest source of political funding.
Abolishing federal employee unions would be the proverbial strike at the head of the snake.
Will Trump take the first step?