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Employee Union Sues Trump Over Order Reclassifying Portion of Career Federal Workforce

A federal employee union is suing President Donald Trump over his recent executive order that could see federal workers losing civil service protections. The National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU), which represents about 150,000 employees at 33 federal agencies and departments, on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against Trump and Michael Rigas, acting director of the Office of Personnel Management in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The union claims that Trump’s executive order issued on Oct. 21 will “radically reshape the civil service by drastically increasing the number and type of employees who are subject to dismissal without adverse action rights.” The order creates a new classification of federal workers in the excepted service and reclassifies some workers “in positions of a confidential, policy-determining, policy-making, or policy-advocating character” into the new category. Workers that fall under the new category would not be protected from “adverse action procedures” under law, which effectively allows agencies to dismiss …