Bloomberg Law
Aug. 5, 2021, 10:01 AM

EPA Union Asks Congress to Top Biden Budget on Staffing, Raises

Stephen Lee
Stephen Lee

The EPA’s biggest union is asking Congress to deliver funding that would boost the agency’s workforce by nearly 40%, far outstripping the request in President Joe Biden’s budget blueprint.

The American Federation of Government Employees wants the Environmental Protection Agency to grow to 20,000 staffers, which would be the highest level in the agency’s 51-year history. It currently employs some 14,300 workers.

Biden’s $11.2 billion budget request would raise agency staffing to 15,324. That is “simply not enough hands to successfully achieve the EPA mission,” AFGE Local 238 President Gary Morton wrote in a letter sent to members of Congress ...