Labor union representing TSA and other federal workers urges White House to postpone vaccine deadline until 2022

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  • The American Federation of Government Employees asked the White House to postpone the deadline until 2022, with federal contractors and other large businesses.
  • AFGE represents approximately 700,000 government employees, from TSA agents to food inspectors.
  • The White House last week delayed the deadline for federal contractors from December 8 to January 4.

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A union representing nearly 700,000 government employees told the White House on Tuesday to give employees until January 4 to comply with a Biden administration vaccine mandate, rather than the deadline just before Thanksgiving.

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Most federal employees have until November 22 to be immunized against Covid under orders from the Biden administration. Federal contractors previously had until December 8, but the White House last week delayed that deadline to January 4. That gives those companies time to adhere to the deadline until after the holidays, which matches a new Labor Department rule requiring private companies with 100 or more employees to face vaccinations or weekly tests.

The American Federation of Government Employees, which represents Transportation Safety Administration officials, food inspectors and thousands of others, called it inappropriate to set separate deadlines for federal contractors and federal employees.

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“This double standard has created confusion and distress due to unequal treatment among federal employees and inconsistent deadlines for those working in government in similar settings,” AFGE President Everett Kelly wrote Tuesday to Budget Office executive director Shalanda Young. has done.” and management, Kiran Ahuja, acting director of the US Office of Personnel Management, and Jeff Ziants, the White House’s coronavirus response coordinator.

“The impact of potential discipline on the morale of federal employees cannot be overstated at this time of year,” Kelly wrote.

A federal employee may face dismissal or suspension for refusing to vaccinate, but only after a period of education and counseling, pursuant to the rules.

The White House did not immediately comment on AFGE’s request.

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