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Nearly 80% of feds feel unsafe returning to the workplace

survey released by the American Federation of Government Employees found that of federal employees working remotely, almost 80% say they feel unsafe returning to their work site. However, more than half of federal workplaces are requiring at least some employees to return to offices and other workplaces. Of those employees currently working in a federal workplace, 73% said that they don’t believe their employer is doing enough to keep them safe. AFGE's survey, which ran Aug. 5 to Aug. 12 generated almost 2,200 responses.

"This is why we need Congress to pass legislation that allows employees to continue teleworking throughout this pandemic, expedites production of protective equipment, improves oversight of how agencies are adhering to health and safety guidelines, and ensures workers through their representatives are included in decisions about returning to worksites, AFGE National President Everett Kelley said in a statement.

Reader comments

Wed, Sep 2, 2020 Chicago

If Feds fear going back to work now, don’t worry too much about it, if Trump has his way all those jobs will be given to Trump supporters

Fri, Aug 21, 2020 Ann Arbor, MI

I am so grateful that my service has moved to maximum telework until further notice (at least all of 2020). My husband has been living in a bubble since this started due to comorbidities.

Fri, Aug 21, 2020

There are really mean-spirited people here. A lot of people not just federal employees are fearful but everyone always has something to say when its a federal employee. For those that do not know, all federal employees are not treated the same. Tired of the utter hate for federal employees. Stupidity.

Thu, Aug 20, 2020 GREG N

I'm sure that extra unemployment and cushy work at home conditions factor into that Unsafe feeling."

Thu, Aug 20, 2020

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