AFGE files unfair labor practice against EPA for firing scientists

The American Federation of Government Employees filed an unfair labor practice charge with the Federal Labor Relations Authority claiming the Environmental Protection Agency fired two scientists for trying to organize a union at an EPA lab in Athens, Georgia. The lawsuit claims that EPA lab fired two employees and disciplinary actions against two other employees. The motive behind these actions, the lawsuit claims EPA was trying to “chill employees in the exercise of their rights to participate with the union.” The EPA has not released a statement. Full story.

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