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NAIJ Decertification News (Dec. 7, 2021)

December 07, 2021 (1 min read)

Alexandra Villarreal and Joanna Walters, The Guardian, Dec. 7, 2021

"US immigration judges are embroiled in a tense dispute with Joe Biden over their battle to restore union rights taken away from them under the Trump administration.  The head of the federal immigration judges’ union has accused the Biden administration of “doubling down” on its predecessor’s efforts to freeze out their association even as they struggle with a backlog of almost 1.5m court cases and staff shortages, which exacerbate due process concerns in their courts.  Mimi Tsankov, president of the National Association of Immigration Judges (NAIJ), declared herself “mystified” that Biden’s Department of Justice would not negotiate with her members despite the US president vocally and frequently touting his support for workers’ representation.  “This administration has really doubled down on maintaining the [Trump] position that we are not a valid union,” Tsankov said. ...  A hearing on Tuesday will pit the union against EOIR as the dispute deepens."

[Some of the FLRA pleadings are here.]