Bloomberg Law
Feb. 15, 2023, 8:36 PM

EPA, Union Meet Over Pay, Hiring Concerns With No Resolution Yet

Stephen Lee
Stephen Lee

EPA management met with its biggest union on Tuesday to discuss the workers’ concerns about better pay and more staff hires to handle the agency’s growing workload, according to representatives from both sides.

“I think they sympathize,” said Joyce Howell, vice president of the American Federation of Government Employees Council 238. “They hear us, they understand what we’re saying, but that’s as far as they’ll go so far.”

The Environmental Protection Agency’s enforcement staff has fallen by nearly one third over the last decade, matched by a corresponding drop in the number of civil cases it concludes, according to Eric ...