AFGE says “the administration has done the right thing”
|WASHINGTON –Today, in response to the administration’s announcement that they would be deferring suspensions and removals related to President Biden’s vaccine mandate until after the holiday season, American Federation of Government Employees, AFL-CIO (AFGE) National President Everett Kelley released the following statement:
“The administration has done the right thing by listening to federal workers, taking their concerns seriously, and modifying the vaccine mandate policy to give those who haven’t yet gotten vaccinated some peace of mind this holiday season.
“AFGE previously asked the administration to harmonize the vaccine deadlines for federal workers and contractors. This announcement, in effect, responds to that request. Once again, President Biden has demonstrated his commitment to hearing from rank-and-file federal employees through their unions and responding to workers’ concerns.
“While we applaud the new policy that defers suspensions and removals, we continue to encourage all our members who are able to obtain one of the FDA-approved anti-COVID vaccines as soon as they possibly can.”
The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) is the largest federal employee union, representing 700,000 workers in the federal government and the government of the District of Columbia.