EPA employees have committed our careers to protecting human health and the environment. Our fight for a fair workplace is a fight to continue our mission to protect all Americans and preserve the soul of the EPA. The health and future of our country and planet depend on it.
Protecting the health of our country and our planet depends on a fully functioning EPA, where all employees – from climate scientists to pollution analysts, lawyers, and enforcement personnel – are free from political interference to do their jobs.
AFGE Council 238, representing 7500 EPA employees, has been actively involved in Future of Work contract negotiations with EPA management. After working with a mediator, in April 2021 AFGE and EPA management entered into a memorandum of understanding (available on the AFGE Council 238 website) creating the framework for re-negotiation of our MCBA. AFGE and EPA management also entered into an Interim MCBA to carry us through negotiations and replace much of the 2020 MCBA which was negotiated under duress and reflects the illegal Executive Orders dictated by the previous administration.
In August 2021, the Council and EPA management amended the MOU’s negotiation framework to expedite and prioritize bargaining the implementation of the White House’s policies and guidance issued by the Biden Administration to continue Agency operations while bringing the COVID-19 pandemic under control. These Future of Work negotiations between AFGE and EPA management consist of negotiation over the implementation and impact of the Agency COVID plans and three contract articles which – consistent with OMB’s July 24 Work guidance – are central to creating a Future of Work while bringing the EPA workforce into EPA facilities safely: telework, remote work and work schedules. After the Future of Work negotiations, the parties will re-engage in our MCBA negotiations per the April 2021 MOU.
The Workers' Bill of Rights
In our fight for a fair contract, we created the EPA Workers’ Bill of Rights -- a bold new vision for workers demanding the resources and respect we need to protect human health and the environment.
Find Your Local
AFGE Council 238 is made up of EPA employees across the United States. Together, we’re 14 local unions fighting for the rights of civil servants like us to do our jobs protecting the American people.