Washington, D.C.- The American Federation of Government Employees, which represents hundreds of thousands of federal workers across the United States and abroad, has reached a settlement agreement with the United States Department of Education (DoE). The settlement resolves 14 unfair labor practice complaints issued by the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) against the agency, ten grievances and arbitration decisions, and other outstanding litigation disputes resulting from the DoE’s 2018 decision to replace AFGE’s collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with an agency-composed document that was not bargained over with AFGE and severely limited AFGE members’ rights in the workplace.
“AFGE will always fight to protect the rights of the employees we represent and for our rights as a union,” said AFGE President Everett Kelley. “This fight took over four years, but we defeated the Trump administration’s illegal attempts to bust the union at the Department of Education. Our members’ rights were ultimately restored, and that should be a lesson to any future administrations that would try these kinds of union-busting tactics. AFGE will never give up fighting for the employees we represent, and we will ultimately prevail.”
This settlement rectifies some of the most egregious actions of the unilateral management edict enforced by the Department of Education and includes provisions that will: