Senators urge EPA to return to bargaining table with union
- By FederalSoup Staff
- Nov 01, 2019
A group of lawmakers has penned a letter to the head of the Environmental Protection Agency questioning why the agency ended negotiations with a major federal employees union about new workplace rules that limit the union's ability to represent its employees.
“We write regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s troubling decision to end negotiations with the American Federation of Government Employees and unilaterally impose a contract on thousands of employees,” the letter signed by 42 senators states. “We urge EPA to fulfill its legal obligation to bargain in good faith and return to the negotiating table with AFGE,” it continued.
In early summer, EPA cut off negotiations AFGE and implemented a new contract that stripped away many rights and privileges of employees, such as reduced telework hours, evicting the union from agency office space and restricting employees from filing a grievance over disciplinary actions.
“The EPA’s actions appear to show a disregard to federal-labor management law,” which outlines agencies obligations to bargain with unions in good faith, the lawmakers wrote.
The senators included a list of four questions it wants EPA Director EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to answer by Nov. 15.
Read the full letter here.