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Sept. 29, 2020, 5:40 PMUpdated: Sept. 29, 2020, 7:01 PM

Broaden Talks on Reopening Offices, Michigan Dems Tell EPA (1)

Stephen Lee
Stephen Lee

Michigan House Democrats called on the EPA on Tuesday to remove certain preconditions in collective bargaining talks over how the agency will handle regional staffers’ return to work during the pandemic.

The Environmental Protection Agency on Sept. 21 told the American Federation of Government Employees it would only move forward with the talks if the union agreed to exclude negotiations over mass transit, cubicles and offices, and other coronavirus-related concerns, the lawmakers said.

  • Preconditioning the talks “is an abdication of the EPA and Region 5’s duty to protect all its workforce,” the lawmakers wrote in a letter to EPA Administrator ...