More than 100 lawmakers, employee union call for SSA to abandon ‘anti-union’ policies
- By FederalSoup Staff
- May 08, 2019
More than 100 lawmakers have joined efforts to call for the Social Security Administration to end what say are “anti-union policies and bad-faith negotiations” with the American Federation of Government Employees.
In a letter to Acting Commissioner Nancy A. Berryhill, Senior Chief Deputy Whip and 157 of her colleagues said they believe the SSA interfered in negations with the union, which represents about 45,000 federal employees.
“We are deeply concerned that the Social Security Administration may have precipitated a breakdown in negotiations by insisting on proposals that are both extreme and similar in anti-union tones to provisions” a part of recent workforce executive orders that impeded on collective bargaining rights of federal employees.
They particularly point out how SSA evicted unions from the buildings, confiscated employee equipment and denied federal employees access to their union representatives.
“We insist that the Social Security Administration return to the bargaining table and resume and resume collective bargaining with the [AFGE], AFL-CIO and SSA employees,” the letter states.
Read the full letter here.