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SBA sidesteps union rights

The Small Business Administration hired a raft of temporary employees last year, to manage the massive surge of COVID emergency-related work at the small agency. 

Paycheck Protection Program loans—millions of them—were handled by the SBA. The agency, and these temporary workers specifically, have helped keep the American economy afloat through an extremely tough time.  

Job well done, right? But there’s a fly in the ointment for those who accomplished it.

SBA temporary employees—up to two-year term GS-12 loan specialists—were promised they would have collective bargaining rights. And yet when over the agency's long siege these accomplished employees attempted to claim those rights through their union, those rights were taken away. How was this justified? SBA management simply reclassified the positions as not eligible for bargaining, according to a new report in GovExec.

The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), the piece notes, has since filed a petition to the Federal Labor Relations Authority, demanding the panel correct the situation. The matter is expected to be examined by the FLRA at an upcoming hearing.

Reader comments

Tue, Jun 22, 2021 Jim

They would all sidestep union rights if they could. Most employers do all they can on that front.

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