American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Council 238
Address: 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.
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.
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
Letters sent by AFGE National Council of EPA Locals #238 to Congress on December 10, 2010, and December 16, 2010, regarding efforts to freeze
pay of a small, select group of Federal civilian employees without addressing either the Shadow Government or an equitable way of "sharing
the pain" amongst all Federal employees and contractors.