Federal union blasts ‘Trumpian behavior’ by EPA

By Kevin Bogardus | 03/26/2024 01:45 PM EDT

As urgency to finalize an agreement grows, contract bargaining talks with the agency’s largest union have become contentious.


A pin is worn by an AFGE union member during a rally outside EPA headquarters in Washington on Feb. 15, 2023. Francis Chung/POLITICO

The nation’s largest federal worker union says EPA is using bargaining tactics last tried during the Trump administration, as protections for agency employees are set to expire in months.

American Federation of Government Employees, which represents 750,000 workers at federal agencies and the District of Columbia city government, sent a letter Friday to EPA Administrator Michael Regan warning about “the dire situation” between the agency and its affiliate, AFGE Council 238.

The two sides are trying to wrap up bargaining over their next agreement, which could help defend EPA staff during a potential second Trump administration if President Joe Biden loses his reelection bid.


Negotiations, however, have become contentious as the agency and the union struggle to reach agreement on the duration of the next contract. The current deal is set to end July 1, adding to the urgency of negotiations.