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Tim Kauffman,

Largest Federal Workers Union Calls Anti-Union RETURN Act Outrageous Assault on Collective Bargaining

AFGE says bill nullifying contracts is ‘colossally foolish and un-American.’


In response to the announcement of a new bill introduced by Sens. Charles Grassley, Martin Heinrich, Mark Kelly, and Roger Wicker that would require abrogation of provisions in contracts negotiated by federal agencies and their unions, American Federation of Government Employees National President Everett Kelley released the following statement:

"If passed, this legislation would be a more significant assault on federal agencies' and workers' union rights than any executive order signed by President Donald Trump. It would effectively end the limited collective bargaining rights that benefit both federal government agencies and workers.

"If Congress will dispense with federal workers' union rights whenever legislators disagree with a particular aspect of a union contract, then Congress is telling American workers they should have no rights and their legal contracts are null and void.

"If Congress ever has the poor judgment to send this colossally foolish and un-American piece of legislation to President Biden's desk, he should veto it."

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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