WASHINGTON – Ahead of President Biden’s first State of the Union address, American Federation of Government Employees National President Everett Kelley issued the following statement:
“Without a doubt, the state of the federal government today is vastly improved from where we were before Joe Biden was elected president. As soon as he took office, President Biden took action to restore civil service protections, union rights, and the basic norms of our democratic government.
“Under the Biden administration, federal agencies have been directed to restore full collective bargaining rights and negotiate with labor unions over policies regarding workplace health and safety, expansion of telework, and the safe return to worksites as the risks of the pandemic subside. Tens of thousands of federal employees who were receiving poverty wages working on military bases and VA hospitals and other agencies have received wage increases to a minimum of $15 an hour thanks to President Biden’s order. And through the newly established White House Task Force on Worker Organizing and Empowerment, federal agencies have a roadmap for making the ability to join a union easier for hundreds of thousands of currently unrepresented workers across the country and improving workers’ rights in both the public and private sectors.
“AFGE looks forward to continuing to work with President Biden and his administration to strengthen the rights and protections of federal workers, ensure widespread implementation of the president’s executive orders and policy directions, and guarantee that all federal employees have the tools and support they need to do their jobs and deliver for the American public.”