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White House announces guidelines to boost unions in the federal workforce

October 26, 2021

Harris and Walsh, respective chair and vice-chair of the Task Force on Worker Organizing and Empowerment, announced the guidelines during a roundtable session on Oct. 20.

Over 1.2 million federal employees, or approximately 57% of the non-postal executive branch workforce, are represented by labor unions, according to the memo. The OPM periodically receives inquiries from federal employees who are unaware they are represented by a labor union or seeking assistance in contacting a union representative in their agency. For this reason, “OPM believes that actions can be taken in the hiring and on-boarding process for job applicants,” according to the memo.

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