Machinists, NFFE-IAM Demand Safety for Federal Workers

The IAM and NFFE-IAM Federal District 1 have joined with nearly two dozen other unions of the Federal Workers Alliance (FWA) to send a letter to the White House demanding workplace safety for the more than 300,000 civil service professionals they represent.

The letter details specific procedures and accommodations to be implemented by qualified public health professionals before worksites can be deemed “safe to return.”

Considerations for employees more susceptible to COVID-19, ensuring appropriate PPE, enhanced sanitizing for common or shared work areas and administrative leave for anyone who suspect they have been exposed to the virus are among the demands listed.

“The safety of federal workers directly impacts the safety of all Americans,” the unions wrote in the letter. “We hope you recognize that it is paramount that workers be protected while performing their duties. We must insist that you take these reasonable actions to ensure their safety. Anything less will put hundreds of thousands of dedicated federal employees, their families, and the Americans they serve, in unnecessary danger.”