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08.29.19

FWA Unions Urge Congressional Approprators to Block DOJ Unionbusting of NAIJ

In a letter to House and Senate Appropriations Committee leadership, IFPTE and Federal Workers Alliance unions requested Congress deny funding in fiscal year 2020 for DOJ’s attempt to decertify the National Association Immigration Judges/IFPTE Judicial Council 2 (NAIJ) and uphold due process and judicial independence for the Immigration Court. Earlier this month, the DOJ petitioned the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) to reclassify Immigration Judges as managers, a unionbusting maneuver which would effectively decertify the NAIJ if the FLRA rules in favor of the DOJ.

The letter, sent to House Appropriations Chairwoman Nita Lowey and Senate Appropriations Ranking Member Patrick Leahy as well as Democratic leaders on the Financial Services and Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations Subcommittees, also asked for Congress to deny funding for performance metrics based on annual case completion production quotas. The quotas, which were implemented in 2018, prioritize quantity over quality and are at odds with an Immigration Court committed to due process.


Additional coverage of NAIJ and the DOJ's attacks on the Immigration Judges' union rights and judicial independence can be found here.



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Read the FWA letter urging Congressional Appropriators to Block DOJ's Unionbusting on Immigraiton Jduges

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