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Union asks impasse panel to intervene in EPA negotiations

A labor organization that represents Environmental Protection Agency employees this month asked the Federal Service Impasses Panel for its help to resolve a breakdown in efforts to negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement.

A labor organization that represents Environmental Protection Agency employees this month asked the Federal Service Impasses Panel for its help to resolve a breakdown in efforts to negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement.

The American Federation of Government Employees’ EPA Labor Council said the union filed its request with FSIP Nov. 14.

“The union has been extremely patient with the agency negotiators and since May 3, 2010, has endured over 2½ years of delay tactics, implausible excuses, surface bargaining, and overall bad faith bargaining,” charged Charles Orzehoskie, president of AFGE Council 238, which represents EPA workers.

Orzehoskie went further, suggesting a possible “anti-union animus” among the EPA managers participating in the negotiations.

Derrick Davis, a labor relations specialist with the union’s national office, said the group looked forward to FSIP’s participation.

“We will have the opportunity to present our case before a reasonable, independent third party,” Davis said.

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