Labor Unions and Employee Groups

USPS opts out of tax deferral program

The U.S. Postal Service announced this week that it would not be implementing President Trump's controversial payroll tax deferral plan for its employees.

Postal Police union sues USPS management over order

Employee unions that represents postal employees have complained, grieved, sued and otherwise opposed the U.S. Postal Service's management over several controversial—and lawbreaking—actions initiated in recent months by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and his leadership team.

OPM nominee spared major criticisms

John Gibbs, the HUD official selected to lead the Office of Personnel Management, wasn't pressed by lawmakers on a history of controversial tweets of conspiracy theories and calling the Democrats the party of Islam.

COVID crisis stretches many fed caregivers

Federal employees who normally serve as caregivers for children or family members at home are coming under especially sharp stress during the era of COVID-19.

Unions, businesses call Trump’s tax deferral plan unfair, unworkable

President Donald Trump’s executive order deferring tax withholdings will go into effect with federal employees’ second September paycheck, despite condemnation from business and union officials.

AFGE backs Harris for VP

The largest federal employee union endorsed presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's pick of Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) for the number two slot on the ticket.

Lawmakers, unions join to oppose end to ‘official time’ for EEOC complaints

Federal employee unions -- joined by 185 lawmakers on Capitol Hill -- are clamoring to block the Trump administration from eliminating federal employees’ use of “official time” for managing workplace discrimination complaints.

Union survey finds widespread racial bias at VA

Racism and incidents of racial bias are a big problem at the Department of Veterans Affairs, according to a survey released by the American Federation of Government Employees.

Union officer slams Postal Service’s new direction

To find out how USPS’ rank-and-file sees the latest set of crises—COVID outbreaks, cost cuts and the mail-in ballot controversy—FEND’s Nathan Abse interviewed Kevin Tabarus, president of the National Postal Mail Handlers Union, Local 300, which represents about 5,200 employees in the New York City metropolitan area.

USPS shakeup rattles employee unions and worries retirees, vets

As Postmaster General Louis DeJoy moves ahead with reorganizing the U.S. Postal Service, unions are sounding the alarm over mail delays on a sustained and significant scale.

AFGE backs Harris for VP

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) has a long record supporting federal union issues and looking to check the power of government and private sector tech surveillance.

Union survey finds widespread racial bias at VA

Racism and incidents of racial bias are a big problem at the Department of Veterans Affairs, according to a survey released by the American Federation of Government Employees.

Lawmakers, unions join to oppose end to ‘official time’ for EEOC complaints

Federal employee unions -- joined by 185 lawmakers on Capitol Hill -- are clamoring to block the Trump administration from eliminating federal employees’ use of “official time” for managing workplace discrimination complaints.

Union complaint of 'resistance' talk in the federal workplace dismissed

The American Federation of Government Employees had complained an Office of Special Counsel advisory was chilling federal employees' speech.

TVA walks back plans to fire U.S. tech workers

The federally owned power company called the plan to fire workers and outsource IT operations as a "disappointing misstep" after the president blasted the move.

OPM reorganizes HR data management teams

The new Human Capital Data Management and Modernization Directorate aims to advance use of data to improve decision-making, but the union sees the change as another attempt to merge the Office of Personnel Management and the General Services Administration.

Union pleads for USCIS funding as furloughs loom

The union that represents many of the 13,000 immigration employees facing furloughs backed the agency's push for emergency supplemental funding.