Shame On HHS
The Department of Health and Human Services is refusing to negotiate a new contract, and instead, is moving on a fast track to gut the basic workplace rights of its employees.
After only two days of bargaining over a new contract, HHS negotiators walked away from the table. They refused to explain or discuss their final offer to eliminate nearly every important part of the contract, and they’ve refused NTEU’s requests to resume talks.
If the agency’s current contract proposal is implemented, HHS will lose the knowledge and experience of longtime, dedicated civil servants. NTEU surveyed employees and more than 60 percent responded that they would consider leaving HHS if they were stripped of their rights and benefits. This brain drain would harm American citizens who rely on the work of HHS employees.
Many members of Congress agree and have written multiple letters to HHS Secretary Azar, urging HHS to return to the table and not risk the department's ability to effectively administer its programs.
Spread the word by tweeting directly to Secretary Azar and using the hashtag #SHAMEonHHS. Here are some sample tweets, but feel free to write your own:
@SecAzar the people who provide this nation with comprehensive health services deserve a workplace that respects them #SHAMEonHHS
@SecAzar – why do you want to take away AWS, telework and transit subsidies from your own employees? #SHAMEonHHS
#SHAMEonHHS and @SecAzar for going after the rights of employees who ensure safe food, drugs and health care for Americans
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