Fedweek

A federal district court is yet to rule on a request by a coalition of federal unions to temporarily block the series of recent executive orders on union bargaining, official time and disciplinary policies.

A ruling by the court in their favor likely would last either for a defined time or until the underlying suit reaches some further step in the process. The judge heard oral arguments two weeks ago and indicated that a decision on the motion would come promptly, although giving no specific timeframe.

For the meantime, agencies are continuing to carry out provisions including limiting the amounts and allowable uses of official time and cutting off free use of office space and equipment, and in some cases imposing agency bargaining positions as policy.