|NTEU urges Congress to pass legislation to provide emergency paid leave to federal employees|
NTEU urges Congress to pass legislation to provide emergency paid leave to federal employees.
SUMMARY:? NTEU urges Congress to pass legislation to provide emergency paid
leave to federal employees.
Today, NTEU sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader
Chuck Schumer on the urgent need for Congress to pass legislation to provide federal workers
with additional emergency paid leave. Last year, as part of President Biden’s American Rescue
Plan, Congress authorized emergency paid leave for federal employees who tested positive for
COVID-19, interacted with someone who was infected with the virus, or were caring for an
infected loved one. This program expired on September 30, 2021. The current guidance
requires employees to use their own leave, which is unacceptable. This causes employees,
through no fault of their own, to have to exhaust their personal leave. We have heard far too
many stories of federal workers who feel they have to choose between going to work sick and
risking their colleague’s health or being forced to take leave without pay; all while the pandemic
NTEU will continue to fight every day to ensure that federal employees are able to stay
home when sick without having to worry about losing a paycheck and that those who report to
the worksite are in a safe and clean environment.
We will keep you updated with any developments. For more information, click here.