Shutterstock imageID: 281684063 By Mark Van Scyoc

More than 100 lawmakers, employee union call for SSA to abandon ‘anti-union’ policies

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.

Reader comments

Tue, May 21, 2019

My experience while working at the VA Medical Center was the union had total control and was a detriment to our veterans promoting poor work performance and upper itchelon abuse

Tue, May 21, 2019 SAM USA

Everyone gets exactly what they Deserve. When employees are unwilling to fight for their collective bargaining rights and when they are unwilling to Walk Away and off the job and say " No Contract- No Work. Right now they are only slaves to their masters who tell 'work or be punished'.

Tue, May 14, 2019

Why would congress, senate and their staff address anything that would help the lives of civil servants. These elected minions exempt themselves from such laws when it comes to employee health, safety and other issues. Cortez will look into this and also turn away and ignore it like the rest of these elected morons.

Sun, May 12, 2019

Unions are weak they sold out even as far back when the Clinton administration was out to destroy civil service protections of workers.

Please post your comments here. Comments are moderated, so they may not appear immediately after submitting. We will not post comments that we consider abusive or off-topic.

Please type the letters/numbers you see above

Contributors

Edward A. Zurndorfer Certified Financial Planner
Mike Causey Columnist
Tom Fox VP for Leadership and Innovation, Partnership for Public Service
Mathew B. Tully Legal Analyst

Free E-Newsletter

FederalDAILY

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.

Stay Connected

Latest Forum Posts

Ask the Expert

Have a question regarding your federal employee benefits or retirement?

Submit a question