IRS employees could be in for a rocky ride if President-elect Donald Trump and Congress move forward with sweeping pledges to rein in federal employee benefits and cripple unions.“It's hard for me to imagine what the administration or Congress could do to the IRS to make it even more demoralized,” said Christopher S. Rizek, a member at Caplin & Drysdale, Chartered, in Washington. Rizek spent several years at the Treasury Department, where he helped craft the IRS Restructuring and Reform Act of 1998.
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Things could also get heated, Caplin & Drysdale's Rizek said, citing a 1981 confrontation between President Ronald Reagan and air traffic controllers. Reagan fired 11,000 striking employers who had ignored his demands to get back to work, and federal judges called for fines on the union during the strike. Another such incident is “not at all beyond the realm of possibility,” he said.
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Excerpt taken from the article “Anti-Union Drumbeat of Trump, Congress Spells Trouble for IRS” by Colleen Murphy for BNA.