In federal government buildings across the country, public employee unions are being kicked out of offices where they meet with the workers they represent. It’s the result of a set of executive orders issued by President Trump in May. Federal unions say the move is aimed at weakening them, and Democrats in Congress agree.
At the Social Security office in Wilkes-Barre, PA, the eviction notice went out in early July. Barri Sue Bryant, the local’s president, says the union, which represents some 1,200 workers, was told to vacate its office at the end of the month. Even their bulletin board had to come down.
It’s not just the Social Security Administration. Unions representing federal agencies across government are facing similar restrictions on their ability to represent workers who may have beefs with their boss or concerns about working conditions or hours.