A recent New York Times story headlined: Science Under Attack: How Trump is Sidelining Researchers and Their Work detailed the Administration’s all-out assault on workers at the EPA. Research has been stymied, EPA staffing has been cut to the lowest level since 1985, and years of scientific advancement to make our environment healthier for all Americans has been swiftly erased. Just before the year ended, a panel of Administration appointees determined that President Trump’s major environmental policies run counter to science. 

In light of the attacks by the Administration, EPA employees around the country are joining together to articulate a bold new vision for an EPA Workers’ Bill of Rights that embraces science, bolsters working conditions, and delivers a fair contract that ensures EPA workers are able to carry out the agency's mission to protect public health and tackle climate change. 

We employees at EPA have committed our careers to protecting human health and the environment. Our fight for a fair contract is a fight to continue our mission to protect all Americans and preserve the soul of the EPA. 

The health and future of our country and planet depend on it.

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The right to scientific integrity in EPA work.

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The right to enforce environmental laws without political interference. 

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The right to a fully-funded EPA budget and full staffing levels.

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The right to an end of lockouts caused by US government shutdowns.

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The right to work on control of greenhouse gases, to discuss solutions to climate change, and to conduct climate change research.  

EPA WORKERS' BILL OF RIGHTS:
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The right to whistleblower protections.

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The right to work-life balance that fosters productivity and sustainability.

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The right to a fair contract that is collectively-bargained.

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The right to a hate-free and safe workplace.

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The right to protect human health and the environment, to protect environmental justice communities, and to work without fear of reprisal.

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U.S. AND STATE LAWMAKERS SUPPORT
THE EPA WORKERS' BILL OF RIGHTS

Representative Nanette Barragan, D-CA

Representative Don Beyer, D-VA

Representative Earl Blumenauer, D-OR

Senator Richard Blumenthal, D-CT

Representative Tony Cardenas, D-CA

Senator Tom Carper, D-DE

Representative Steve Cohen, D-TN

Representative Debbie Dingell, D-MI

Representative Brian Fitzpatrick, R-PA

Senator Chris Van Hollen, D-MD

Representative Pramila Jayapal, D-WA

Representative Robin Kelly, D-IL

Representative Dan Lipinski, D-IL

Senator Ed Markey, D-MA

Representative A. Donald McEachin, D-VA

Senator Gary Peters, D-MI

Representative Mark Pocan, D-WI

Representative Jan Schakowsky, D-IL

Representative Darren Soto, D-FL

Representative Jennifer Wexton, D-VA

Representative Peter Welch, D-VT