A White House Task Force issued a new report outlining nearly 70 recommendations for promoting worker organizing and collective bargaining for both federal and private-sector employees.

President Joe Biden Biden established the Task Force on Worker Organizing and Empowerment in April 2021 via an executive order, appointing Vice President Kamala Harris to serve as its chair. With over 20 federal agencies, offices and organizations represented, the task force was charged with identifying policies, practices and programs within the executive branch that could be used to support worker organization and collective bargaining.

The Office of Personnel Management is taking the lead on several of the recommendation from the report.

“OPM is pleased to be leading the Biden-Harris Administration’s efforts to promote worker empowerment within the federal workforce,” said OPM Director Kiran Ahuja in a statement. “As the nation’s largest employer, the federal government can and should lead by example in encouraging worker organizing and collective bargaining.”

OPM has taken several actions over the last year that it claims have helped reset labor-management relations in the executive branch, such as encouraging agencies to establish labor-management forums and engaging with labor unions before making decisions that impact members. And in October, the office issued additional guidance informing agencies on what actions they can take with regards to employees joining a union and how they should engage with a union.

Moving forward, OPM said it will implement additional strategies laid out in the task force’s report, including:

  • Increasing unions’ access and ability to communicate with employees;
  • Streamlining the process to become a dues-paying member by improving dues processing and forms; and
  • Developing guidance and labor relations materials for agencies to use in training for managers and supervisors regarding unfair labor practices and neutrality in union organizing campaigns.

The Task Force will submit its second report in six months.

Nathan Strout was the staff editor at C4ISRNET, where he covered the intelligence community.

Share:
More In Management
Six proven steps to Zero Trust
Agency leaders are working to adopt the mindset of trust nothing and verify everything to prioritize the transformation of legacy systems.
US must prepare for proliferation of cyber warfare
To build cyber resilience in this heightened threat environment, agencies must work closely with both international counterparts and industry to align on a proactive, global approach to all cyber threats –– not just state-sponsored attacks.
In Other News
Democrats and Republicans agree: government must do more
The Pew Research Center report revealed several benchmarks of public opinion on government efficacy, including the federal response to certain issues and views on politicians. One finding set the tone: “Just 20% say they trust the government in Washington to do the right thing just about always or most of the time.”
Closing the federal remote work gap
John Greenstein of Bluescape outlines the steps federal leaders can take to create a more equitable environment in the age of hybrid workplaces.
Load More