WASHINGTON – The American Federation of Government Employees, the largest union representing federal and D.C. government employees, is calling out the Trump Administration for continuing to pursue changes related to a proposed merger between the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and the Government Services Administration (GSA) that was blocked last year by Congress.
The administration is quietly pursuing this merger by another name through personnel changes that shift policymaking responsibilities away from OPM and toward GSA. The administration is pushing ahead with their move to politicize government policymaking despite the agency’s legal obligation to bargain changes like this with our union and in flagrant violation of Congress’ clear instruction.
AFGE Local 32 has filed a demand to bargain over the changes, which the agency claims are de minimis. AFGE Local 32 is pointing out that the changes are effectively abolishing certain positions and reassigning those duties, substantively changing employees’ duties and the policymaking process.
“It’s no surprise that the Trump administration would continue its record of total contempt for the will of Congress and the American people by pushing ahead with its plans to politicize federal policymaking,” said AFGE National President Everett Kelley. “At every level of our union, we are fully committed to fighting those efforts with all the tools at our disposal because federal employees ought to be hired and fired, promoted and demoted, based on their skills and experience, not on their political allegiances.”