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Federal Agencies Get Guidance on Easing Worker Labor Organizing

April 12, 2022, 2:00 PM

The federal government’s personnel office issued guidance Tuesday outlining what agencies should do to improve labor organizing among federal employees, implementing the last of several recommendations from the Biden administration union task force.

The guidelines instruct agencies on “how to increase unions’ access and ability to communicate with federal employees"; quickly process workers’ requests to have union dues deducted from their paycheck; and train federal managers and supervisors about how to remain neutral when workers are organizing a union, according to a copy of the documents obtained by Bloomberg Law.

The new guidance from the Office of Personnel Management acts on several recommendations from the White House labor task force, which was formed to explore ways to expand workers’ collective bargaining rights in both the public and private sectors.

“We believe that every federal employee should know exactly what their bargaining rights are, how to contact their union, and where to find this information at any point in time,” OPM Director Kiran Ahuja said in a blog post on the guidance.

“By removing barriers that impede unions’ ability to organize, represent bargaining unit employees, and inform civil servants about their collective bargaining rights,” Ahuja said, “the federal government is serving as a model employer for others to see how strong labor rights and a productive workforce go hand-in-hand.”

To contact the reporter on this story: Rebecca Rainey at rrainey@bloombergindustry.com

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Martha Mueller Neff at mmuellerneff@bloomberglaw.com, Melissa B. Robinson at mrobinson@bloomberglaw.com