A judicial victory
August 16, 2005
There's an overt and covert message here. First, the overt, from Charles Norman Todd:
"Big news yesterday for federal employees everywhere as a federal judge struck down the Bush administration's rules for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). U.S. District Judge Rosemary M. Collyer said, "The regulations fail in their obligation to ensure collective bargaining rights to DHS employees"
"The Bush administration's DHS rules would have allowed the department to overturn any provision from a collective bargaining agreement, in short, meaning that the contract was not binding on the government, and hence not really a contract at all."
"What's more, this ruling is expected to reverberate throughout all government agencies..."The other important lesson here is the critical role of the judiciary. With control of the White House and Congress, the Republican party can ram self-serving, bigoted and dangerous legislation through but they can't ensure that it won't be ruled unfair, unlawful or unconstitutional by a judge. (The Uncapitalist Journal)