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Trump Executive Orders Deemed Mostly Illegal

IFPTE calls Court's ruling a "victory' for taxpayers and federal workers alike


Saturday, August 25, 2018
Contact: Candace Rhett

WASHINGTON, DC – The International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE), representing upwards of 90,000 workers, including tens of thousands in the federal sector, responded to last night’s DC Circuit Court ruling declaring the majority of the substance of Executive Orders 13836, 13837 and 13839 invalid and enjoining, or prohibiting implementation of the invalid portions. The ruling calls the administration’s arguments in favor of the Executive Orders “meritless” and “circular,” comparing them to “verbal jujitsu.”

Below are comments from the union’s leadership:

IFPTE President Paul Shearon:
“Last night’s ruling by the DC Circuit is not only a victory for our nation’s federal workforce, it is a victory for taxpayers as well. Taxpayers deserve a federal government free of political patronage, with a workforce whose number one objective is to serve the best interest of the American public. Rejecting President Trump’s draconian executive orders only reinforces this, while ensuring that our federal government maintains strong merit principles, due process protections, and the rights of workers to be adequately represented in the workplace by their elected union representatives. Given today’s decision, IFPTE expects those agencies that have opportunistically moved to implement the Executive Orders to reverse course immediately.”

IFPTE Secretary-Treasurer/Legislative Director Matt Biggs:
"IFPTE is pleased that the courts have stepped up and done what Congress refuses to do – put the brakes on President Trump’s unilateral rewriting of our laws through executive order. Make no mistake about it, these Executive Orders were aimed at turning our federal government into an at-will employer that has free rein to force federal workers to fulfill politically motivated policy objectives. Fortunately, this thoughtful decision by Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson brings back sanity and civility to the federal sector and will help to keep critically important government services largely free of the misguided and ideologically fueled objectives of those at OPM and OMB who wrote the EOs.”

IFPTE is one of 15 unions that sued to block implementation of the Executive Orders. The coalition lawsuit joined by IFPTE was the only one of three filed that challenged all three of the Executive Orders. Full text of the Judge’s decision can be found at



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Read the full written decision below.

IFPTE's Statement on the Trump Executive Orders

Full Decision

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