Democrat President Joe Biden’s administration is abolishing the labor union for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in another major blow to border security.
The Biden admin abolished the National ICE Council which represents thousands of ICE employees.
The Federal Labor Relations Authority’s decision leaves the organization’s 7,600 members, who are mostly deportation officers, without a collective bargaining agreement or union representation, according to irate members.
The American Federation of Government Employees moved to “disclaim” the ICE employees this summer and FLRA Regional Director Jessica S. Bartlett agreed.
“Based on AFGE’s disclaimer of interest, I find that it is appropriate to revoke the certification for the unit of non-professional employees,” Ms. Bartlett wrote in her decision.
Chris Crane, president of the council, said the government colluded with AFGE to silence the organization.
“There is no doubt that ICE and DHS leadership worked in unison with corrupt union bosses to make this happen,” Crane said.
“DHS and AFGE leadership both wanted desperately to silence ICE Council whistleblowers.
“Without a union, it’s doubtful those whistleblowers will have jobs much longer.
“We did what we were supposed to do.
“We reported to the Department of Labor that union bosses at AFGE were allegedly spending dues money on prostitutes and strippers, sexually assaulting their own employees, engaging in payoffs and coverups, and other unlawful and egregious acts.
“It was supposed to be investigated.
“We were supposed to be protected.
“Federal employees must be alerted immediately that they have no protection from corrupt unions when reporting allegations to the Department of Labor.
“This can’t happen again,” he said.
AFGE President Everett Kelley said:
“It is clear that the AFGE Council 118 remains steadfast in their desire to no longer be a part of AFGE or the broader labor movement.
“As a result, we have made the difficult decision to disclaim interest in this unit.
“While we had hoped to avoid this outcome, today’s action begins the process of granting Council 118’s request.”