OPM Guidance on Restoring ‘Respect and Dignity’ at Agencies

Signed Jan. 22, the ‘Protecting the Federal Workforce’ executive order (EO) revoked the anti-union, anti-employee orders implemented by the previous administration.

OPM today issued guidance on the new executive order directing immediate action to restore and protect collective bargaining, underscoring the vital role of the civil service in our country. 

National President Tony Reardon issued the following statement:
“NTEU welcomes today’s guidance that restores the labor-management relationship in the federal sector where collective bargaining is respected, as the law requires. With this guidance, federal employees will again have a voice in the workplace and a valued role in improving government services. Today’s guidance is yet more evidence that the Biden administration views our nation’s civil servants as trusted partners in the success of their agencies and in delivering vital services for American taxpayers. Not only does this guidance reverse the previous administration’s policy of sidelining and disrespecting career civil servants and their lawful representatives, it goes even further to make sure that they are treated with the respect and dignity they deserve, which includes being able to bargain collectively and contribute to the betterment of the workplace. As outlined in the guidance, we expect agency leaders where we represent frontline workers to immediately set aside any actions taken in accordance with the previous administration’s now-rescinded executive orders and start fresh. This will clear the table and allow employees and agency leaders to resume good faith negotiations, as the law requires.”

Read the OPM guidance here