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Largest Federal Employee Union Applauds Biden Administration for Guidance on Vaccine Mandate Discipline

AFGE says "the administration has done the right thing."


Today, in response to the administration's announcement that they would be deferring suspensions and removals related to President Biden's vaccine mandate until after the holiday season, American Federation of Government Employees, AFL-CIO (AFGE) National President Everett Kelley released the following statement:

"The administration has done the right thing by listening to federal workers, taking their concerns seriously, and giving those who haven't yet gotten vaccinated some peace of mind this holiday season.

"Once again, President Biden has demonstrated his commitment to hearing from rank-and-file federal employees through their unions and responding to workers' concerns.

"While we applaud the policy that defers suspensions and removals, we continue to encourage all our members who are able to obtain one of the FDA-approved anti-COVID vaccines as soon as they possibly can."

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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