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For Immediate Release

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Largest Federal Union Responds to President Biden’s New Federal Workforce COVID-19 Protocols

“AFGE encourages all members to get vaccinated, says workers should have a voice in COVID policies.”
WASHINGTON -

Today, American Federation of Government Employees, AFL-CIO National President Everett Kelley issued the following statement in response to the announcement of new federal COVID-19 workforce protocols by President Biden: 

“Since the vaccines first became widely available, we have strongly encouraged all our members to take one of the several safe, effective vaccines against COVID-19. The data are clear. Getting vaccinated isn’t just the best way for us to end this pandemic, it is the best way for us to protect each other in the workplace. 

“Likewise, since President Biden made his first major announcement about changing COVID-19 protocols for the federal workforce in response to the surging Delta variant, we have said that changes like this should be negotiated with our bargaining units where appropriate. Put simply, workers deserve a voice in their working conditions. 

“Neither of these positions has changed. We expect to bargain over this change prior to implementation, and we urge everyone who is able to get vaccinated as soon as they can do so.”

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The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) is the largest federal employee union proudly representing 700,000 federal and D.C. government workers nationwide and overseas. Workers in virtually all functions of government at every federal agency depend upon AFGE for legal representation, legislative advocacy, technical expertise and informational services.

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