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State of the Unions: A New Normal
January 23, 2023 // Agencies and unions alike are likely to encounter more resistance to expanded telework and other workplace flexibilities from the newly divided Congress. House Oversight and Accountability Committee Chairman James Comer, R-Ky., announced last week that he has introduced legislation that would require agencies to revert to pre-pandemic telework policies as well as a study about how telework impacted government services and productivity. In addition to rolling back Trump-era policies targeting union activity in the federal government, the White House has recommended a number of measures to make it easier for federal employee unions to communicate with workers they represent, as well as expand into agencies whose workforces have historically remained unorganized.
Unions are “Baking In” Remote Work for Federal Employees
January 19, 2023 // But the prospect of conflict with union contracts, uncovered by TechTarget, adds a wrinkle to any plans. “Remote work policies are also getting baked into federal employee union agreements, which could make it difficult for federal agencies to order workers back to the office even if they wanted to,” the story said. The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) claims to be “made up of over 281,000 workers in almost every agency of the federal and D.C. governments, spread across 936 local unions.” In December 2022, after some extended legal struggles with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the union said that the two parties had reached a settlement over immediate flexible work arrangements “while we negotiate terms for a permanent telework program.”
Minority Construction Worker Testifies to EEOC About Discriminatory Practices On Union Job Sites
May 20, 2022 // Although it has improved slightly in recent years, in certain major metropolitan areas—like Philadelphia—sexism and racism in the building trades has been a problem for decades.
National Retail Federation asks Congress to investigate the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) General Counsel’s suit against Amazon.com,
April 2, 2022 // On March 17, 2022, the NLRB General Counsel filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York seeking reinstatement of a former employee at Amazon’s Staten Island facility who was fired nearly two years ago for shouting sexually charged and profane obscenities at a female coworker over a bullhorn at their shared workplace. As seen in video evidence, this individual called his female coworker a “gutter bitch,” “ignorant and stupid,” “crack-head ass,” “crack ho,” and “queen of the swamp” and accused her of being “high” and on “fentanyl.”
Labor Agencies Face Biden Enforcement Push Without Extra Funding
January 18, 2022 // The collapse of talks on Democrats’ tax and social spending legislation has put labor-focused agencies in a difficult position—they face increased enforcement demands under the Biden agenda but can’t bank on an infusion of extra cash to support those efforts.