WASHINGTON – Today, the American Federation of Government Employees signed a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – after the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) found that the agency violated the law by discarding the previously negotiated contract and imposing new workplace rules on 7,500 EPA employees represented by AFGE in July 2019.
For two months, AFGE negotiators pushed back against EPA’s anti-worker proposals and achieved improvements in all 13 articles negotiated.
The new contract features many improvements and articles covering topics that were not addressed in the prior agreement. It offers more rights for employees, requires EPA to promote and provide an alcohol and drug free workplace, and sets new health and safety requirements for EPA. The agreement also includes more flexible work schedules and allows for up to two days of telework for employees.
“We are very happy to have this contract completed,” said AFGE National President Everett Kelley. “I am extremely thankful for the hard work of AFGE members and our allies in Congress who helped put pressure on the EPA to do the right thing. This success was a group effort, and all involved should be proud.