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Federal Employees Need More Protections From Virus, Unions Say

March 12, 2020, 8:23 PM

Federal agencies are putting their employees at risk by denying telework requests, limiting information, and failing to provide adequate safety equipment in response to the coronavirus pandemic, union leaders say.

“Telework is the best answer and too many agencies are being stingy,” Tony Reardon, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, told reporters.

Although the Office of Personnel Management has urged agencies to extend telework to the maximum extent possible, not all agencies are complying, according to Reardon. He said some Department of Health and Human Services workers with underlying health conditions have had their telework requests denied, for example. ...

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