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The settlement includes provisions for restoring employees who were removed from union dues deductions. Image: DCStockPhotography/Shutterstock.com

The AFGE union has announced a settlement with the Education Department over complaints resulting from the department’s imposition in 2018 outside of bargaining channels of policies ordered by the then-Trump administration.

That included 14 unfair labor practice complaints, 10 grievances and arbitration decisions “and other outstanding litigation disputes,” the union said, adding “Our members’ rights were ultimately restored, and that should be a lesson to any future administrations that would try these kinds of union-busting tactics.”

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It said the settlement includes provisions for restoring employees who were removed from union dues deductions; amending the previous contract between the two and extending it until next May; allowing bargaining unit employees to file grievances in areas the department had barred; restoring to the union the use of agency office space and equipment and compensating for official time that had been denied; paying nearly $200,000 to the union for attorneys’ fees related to the grievance and arbitration cases; and more.

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