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Senators Push for Continued Telework, Contractor Leave in COVID-19 Relief Talks 

In a July 31 letter, a bipartisan group of 22 senators, led by Sens. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, urged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to include language in the next COVID-19 relief bill that would provide a “clear mandate” that agencies and federal contractors continue to offer maximum telework to all eligible employees. 

OPM Is Reorganizing Employees to Get Around Ban on GSA Merger, Union Claims 

Over the weekend, the Office of Personnel Management moved nearly two dozen employees into the agency’s HR Line of Business, which is being renamed with GSA support. 

VA Insiders Concerned About COVID-19 Say It's Hard to Take Leave 

A group of frontline employees and union leaders at the Washington DC VA Medical Center said the agency is not ensuring workers potentially exposed to COVID-19 are given work leave to prevent the further spread of the virus. 

EPA Unions Say Agency’s Own Data Doesn’t Support Reopening Plan 

Two unions representing a large swath of EPA workers say the agency is defying its own rules for reopening its offices. 

Meat Inspectors Union: USDA Enables Processors in Endangering Workers 

The Trump Administration's failure to implement a coordinated public-health strategy to combat COVID-19 is putting the health and safety of the nation's 6,500 Meat and Poultry Inspectors at risk while further spreading the virus.  

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VA Called Out for Systematic Racism

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According to AFGE’s internal survey, 3 out of every 4 VA staff have directly experienced racism at work and 65% of VA staff believe racism makes their job harder.

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