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 negotiating our Future of Work at EPA with the Agency including key articles of our Master Collective Bargaining Agreement. In April 2021, AFGE and EPA management agreed to a Memorandum of Understanding that established an Interim MCBA to replace the 2020 MCBA that AFGE negotiated under duress and reflected the illegal executive orders of the previous administration. At the same time, AFGE and the Agency agreed to a framework to renegotiate the MCBA in light of the policies set forth by the Biden Administration.
In August 2021, Council 238 and the Agency amended the framework to conduct Future of Work negotiations, expediting and prioritizing bargaining the implementation of White House directives to continue Agency operations while bringing the COVID-19 pandemic under control. Ongoing Future of Work negotiations between the Council and the Agency include negotiation over the implementation and impact of the Agency COVID plans and those contract articles directly relevant to bargaining unit employees’ safe re-entry into EPA facilities.In December 2021, the Council and EPA management signed three MCBA articles central to creating a Future of Work while bringing the EPA workforce into EPA facilities safely: telework, remote work and work schedules. The Council ratified these three articles on December 10, and they went into effect following Agency Head review on January 9, 2022.
The Council expects in early 2022 to wrap up the Future of Work negotiations with the Agency and re-engage in our MCBA negotiations per the April 2021 agreement.
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.