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Unions: Delay fed vax deadline


Major federal employee unions are pushing back at the Biden administration on the mandate for federal employee vaccination—requesting that this deadline be extended.

The president of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) made the case in a letter to top leaders in the Biden administration—arguing that the federal employee deadline for completed vaccination, currently set for Nov. 22, should be moved instead into January 2022, to match the date being applied to federal contractors.

“This double standard has caused confusion and distress among federal employees due to disparate treatment and incongruent deadlines for people who perform the government’s work in the same settings,” Everett Kelley, AFGE's president, wrote in the letter, which was sent directly to House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Jeff Zients as well as the heads of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Office of Personnel Management (OPM).  

The National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE), another major union, penned its own letter to the administration requesting a delay until January. 

“[We] respectfully request a revision to the vaccine mandate requirements for federal employees to match the requirements established for the private sector by the recent OSHA rules,” Randy Erwin, the president of NFFE, wrote.

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