Wednesday, March 19, 2008

EPA Guilty of Unfair Labor Practices

In a recent ruling, Federal Labor Relations Board Arbitrator George Larney sustained complaints by the American Federation of Government Employees Council 238 that EPA acted "unilaterally without the benefit of" employee input in regard to the library closures. Though the agency has claimed to prioritize EPA staff access to information (while virtually ignoring the public's), Larney heard the opposite from EPA scientists, enforcement agents, and other staff.

Larney ordered EPA "to engage the Union in impact and implementation bargaining in a timely manner" before taking any additional steps to reorganize the library network. The union had sought to have the closed libraries reopened, but the arbitrator
AFGE National Council of EPA Locals 238 Testifies Before House Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight Committee on Science and Technology U.S. House of Representatives. Download file here.

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