WASHINGTON – The American Federation of Government Employees strongly supports passage of House legislation released Tuesday that would provide federal workers on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic with many of the enhanced protections and benefits the union has been championing.
The legislation, named the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act, includes many of the priorities AFGE has been pushing for Congress to adopt, most recently in dual letters sent Tuesday to members of the House and Senate.
“We are glad to see that this legislation emphasizes the needs of front-line workers, who continue to put themselves and their families in harms’ way every day they report to work,” AFGE National President Everett Kelley said.
“Provisions included in the House bill would provide much-needed help and support to nurses and other health-care providers at veterans’ hospitals, to correctional officers and staff in our federal prisons, to federal meat and poultry inspectors at processing plants, and all the workers whose lives have been endangered or otherwise disrupted by this deadly contagion,” Kelley said.
AFGE priorities included in the legislation include:
“On behalf of the 700,000 federal and D.C. government employees AFGE represents, I thank House Speaker Pelosi and the rest of the House leadership for their efforts to provide much-needed relief and support to workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Kelley said. “Our union looks forward to working with both the House and Senate to pass these legislative priorities without delay.”