WASHINGTON – In response to today’s announcement of a new plan to help bolster union membership in the federal government and ensure employees are fully-informed of their union rights in the workplace, American Federation of Government Employees, AFL-CIO (AFGE) National President Everett Kelley released the following statement:
“For too long, there has been a concerted effort by corporations and wealthy individuals to prevent working people from organizing and bargaining collectively to better their working conditions and standard of living.
“Indeed, in the past decades we saw this fight play out inside our own federal government – with an attempt to undermine employees’ independent unions and corrupt the apolitical civil service.
“As workers across the country find their voices, exercise their power, and win transformational victories in a historic month of labor activism, we applaud the steps that the Biden administration is taking today to roll back attacks on labor unions, help federal employees understand their union rights, and support them in exercising those rights.
“AFGE thanks Vice President Kamala Harris, Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh, and others on the Task Force on Worker Organizing and Empowerment for their excellent work on these issues and their unwavering support of American workers.”