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  • NTEU sent a letter to congressional leaders urging them to support provisions that would ensure the health and safety of federal workers during the pandemic.
    Aug 08, 2020

    Yesterday, NTEU sent the attached letter to House and Senate leaders urging support for provisions to protect federal employees in the next COVID-19 relief bill, which is expected to be considered before the August recess.  While Senate Republicans have been working with the White House to finalize their proposal, House Democrats passed their proposal, the HEROES Act, H.R. 6800, in May which contains many NTEU-backed provisions, including:

    • Creating a COVID-19 Heroes Fund that would provide federal employees with additional premium pay of $13 per hour, up to a maximum $10,000 for those whose basic pay is less than $200,000, for either those who have regular or routine contact with the public or those who must report to a worksite where social distancing is not possible and other preventative measures are not available;

    • Continued telework for all eligible federal employees throughout the pandemic, plus incentives for agencies to expand their telework programs;

    • Allowing federal first responders to stay in their current law enforcement retirement plans even if they are unable to meet the physical requirements of their position due to exposure to coronavirus and are moved to other civil service jobs;

    • A presumption that federal employees who work with the public and are diagnosed with COVID-19 contracted it in the workplace, for workers’ compensation purposes;

    • Eliminating out-of-pocket costs for COVID-19 treatment under the Federal Employee Health Benefit Program;

    • Extending the emergency leave provisions in the Families First Coronavirus Relief Act to all federal employees;

    In addition to calling on Congress to include those provisions in the next bill, NTEU also urged inclusion of expanded weather and safety leave to cover childcare and other dependent care responsibilities arising as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as authority to allow federal employees serving during the pandemic to carry over unused annual leave. 

    NTEU will continue to work with our allies on Capitol Hill and fight to protect your health and safety during this pandemic as you continue to work in service to the American people.


    Download:
    NTEU Covid Relief Bill Letter 07212020.pdf
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