The American Federation of Government Employees, which represents 700,000 federal and D.C. government workers, yesterday outlined workers’ concerns with the government’s response to the coronavirus.
AFGE President Everett Kelley said that the union “has serious concerns regarding the health and safety of the federal workforce and with the administration’s efforts to prevent, detect, and treat the Coronavirus.”
Among AFGE’s chief concerns are worker safety, protective equipment, telework and hazardous duty pay. The union said that “agencies are not communicating with their workforces with enough information or to a degree that will allow them to protect themselves or the public in a timely manner to contain the spread of this virus.”
AFGE also urged Congress to insist that all federal government agencies formally give permission to employees who can perform their duties via telework to begin doing so immediately.