WASHINGTON – American Federation of Government Employees National President Everett Kelley issued the following statement in response to a final rule scheduled to be issued tomorrow by the Federal Labor Relations Authority:
“This meritless action by the FLRA is yet another step toward this administration’s goal of busting labor unions and making it even harder for rank-and-file federal employees to speak up, defend their rights, and serve the American people.
“The final regulation issued by the FLRA reverses nearly a half-century of settled and well-reasoned legal precedent by ending window periods for federal employees who join their union, paving the way for them to drop at any time after 12 months.
“The administration pushed for this anti-labor rule change and refused to relent, even in the midst of a global pandemic that has forced front-line federal workers to beg and plead with agencies for basic safety protocols and personal protective equipment.
“It’s clear that this administration shows no respect for federal employees, their union contracts, or their rights under the law. This administration may try to silence us, but they can never stop organized federal employees from standing up and speaking out for a better life for our families and the public we serve.”