Calling it "the most profound undermining of the civil service in our lifetimes," AFGE National President Everett Kelley slammed president Trump's executive order last week that the union said would undermine decades of laws and policies designed to protect career civil servants from being hired or fired for political reasons. “Congress created these rules to guard against arbitrary hiring and firing decisions that are based not on job performance but on political affiliation, personal loyalty tests, and outright discrimination. President Trump’s executive order throws those rules out the window for an enormous portion of the federal workforce,” Kelley said. The order applies to current and new positions and gives agency heads seven months to conduct a complete review of their workforces that will be used to determine which jobs will be converted to the new schedule. Read more here.