American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Council 238

AFGE_ShieldTwo.jpgAddress: P.O. Box 1127, Chicago, IL 60690-1127AFGE Council 238 and its affiliated locals constitute a union of highly dedicated employees working within the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) nationwide. Membership in the Council includes Locals at EPA Headquarters, Regions 1 (Boston), 2 (New York), 3 (Philadelphia), 5 (Chicago), 6 (Dallas), 7 (Kansas City), 8 (Denver), and 10 (Seattle), as well as National Vehicle & Fuel Emissions Laboratory in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Research Triangle Park in North Carolina, and the Robert S. Kerr Research Laboratory in Ada, Oklahoma.

Issue Papers for Second Session of 111th Congress

AFGE Council 238 is committed to ensuring that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is reestablished as the nation’s leader in
environmental education, research and science, and regains its place as the world leader in environmental protection.  To help accomplish this,
AFGE Council 238 has put together the following issue papers for the Second Session of the 111th Congress.  To rebuild EPA, we believe the
following issues need to be addressed: Budget – Particularly Adding More Staff; Equal Treatment of Federal Employees; Federal Career Intern
Program; First Amendment Rights; Labor-Management Relations; Completing the Restoration of EPA’s Libraries; and Principles of Professional and
Scientific Integrity.  AFGE Council 238 believes more has to be done in the area of labor-management relations if we are to see “Change We Can
Believe In.”   While AFGE Council 238 remains patient and committed, we hope to see change take place this year.

For Obama EPA Transition Team:

As President Barack Obama stated in his October 20, 2008, letter to AFGE President John Gage, “The mission of the EPA is to protect the environment of the nation.  In recent years, however, the pursuit of this goal has slowed, and in some cases, has been jeopardized outright.”  AFGE Council 238 is committed to ensuring that EPA is reestablished as the nation's leader in environmental education, research and science, and regains its place as the world leader in environmental protection.  To help accomplish this, AFGE Council 238 has put together the attached White Paper for the Transition Team and now is please to share it with Congress.  To rebuild EPA, we need to:  Ensure adequate funding to hire more environmental engineers, scientists and specialists; Ensure that the Principles of Scientific Integrity will be absolute; Ensure stronger enforcement programs; Improve oversight of local, state and tribal authorities; and  Have World Class EPA Libraries.  As citizens of this great country, we should all be committed to ensuring that our children’s children have clean water, land and air, and that the health and safety of our fellow citizens, particularly children, are protected.

July 20 2010: Issue Papers and Letter to Congress

AFGE Council 238 is committed to ensuring that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is recognized as the nation’s leader in environmental education, research and science, and regains its place as the world leader in environmental protection.  At this juncture, the Council is concerned about the failure of the Agency to adhere to the recommendations of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), particularly its most recent report on the failure of EPA to implement workload and workforce analysis planning.  Related to the above concern, is the failure of EPA to aggressively recruit and hire additional employees to assist in the on-going work of the Agency, particularly the additional work resulting from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.  To summarize, AFGE Council 238 believes that EPA needs to: Add more staff; Conduct workload and workforce analyses over the next two years to get a better handle on EPA’s staffing levels and how they relate to the budget; Address current problems with the Great Lakes National Program Office; and Improve its cadre of supervisors and
managers.

Issue Papers for 111th Congress:

AFGE Council 238 is committed to ensuring that EPA is reestablished as the nation’s leader in environmental education, research and science, and regains its place as the world leader in environmental protection.  To help accomplish this, AFGE Council 238 has put together the following Issue Papers for the 111th Congress.  To rebuild EPA, AFGE Council 238 believes the following issues need to be addressed: budget; green jobs; Labor-Management Relations; Libraries; and Principles of Scientific Integrity.  As citizens of this great country, we should all be committed to ensuring that our children’s’ children have clean water, land and air, and that the health and safety of our fellow citizens, particularly children, are protected.