On Saturday, a federal judge invalidated important sections of three of President Donald Trump’s executive orders.
This is one of the first times that a person in power has openly criticized Trump’s frequently signed orders. The three orders were released earlier this summer and have been under review until now.
Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia criticized some of the order’s sections, including orders which proposed further limiting the time which union officials are able to spend with union members. The order also sought to limit workers’ negotiation and appellate rights.
The judge stated:
“Many of the challenged provisions of the Orders at issue here effectively reduce the scope of the right to bargain collectively as Congress has crafted it, or impair the ability of agency officials to bargain in good faith as Congress has directed, and therefore cannot be sustained.”
This criticism follows protests from union members and workers who expressed their disagreement with the orders immediately after they were announced.
The American Federation of Government Employees, the largest federal employee union in the nation, was the first union to take Trump’s proposal to court. The union’s president stated:
“President Trump’s illegal action was a direct assault on the legal rights and protections that Congress specifically guaranteed to the public-sector employees across this country who keep our federal government running every single day. We are heartened by the judge’s ruling and by the huge outpouring of support shown to federal workers by lawmakers from both parties, fellow union workers, and compassionate citizens across the country.”