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The largest federal employee union is suing the federal government over guidance issued to federal employees last year warning against the use of terms like “resistance” or “#resist” in statements regarding President Donald Trump.

The lawsuit, brought Tuesday by The American Federation of Government Employees and AFGE Local 2578, contends that the guidance stifles speech of federal employees and violates their First Amendment Rights.

In November, the Office of Special Counsel told federal employees that use of the “resistance” terms when discussing the President, as well as supporting or opposing impeachment of any candidate running for political office, which includes the President who is running for re-election, could be considered a violation of the Hatch Act.

Federal employees were told that any statements relating to “resistance to Donald J. Trump, usage of the terms ‘resistance,’ ‘#resist’ and derivatives thereof is political activity.” The guidance says that while those terms were initially used to oppose administration policies, they have now become “inextricably linked with the electoral success (or failure) of the President.” Read more

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The largest federal employee union is suing the federal government over guidance issued to federal employees last year warning against the use of terms like “resistance” or “#resist” in statements regarding President Donald Trump.

The lawsuit, brought Tuesday by The American Federation of Government Employees and AFGE Local 2578, contends that the guidance stifles speech of federal employees and violates their First Amendment Rights.

In November, the Office of Special Counsel told federal employees that use of the “resistance” terms when discussing the President, as well as supporting or opposing impeachment of any candidate running for political office, which includes the President who is running for re-election, could be considered a violation of the Hatch Act.