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Agency Beginning Reopening Discussions
Updated On: Jul 14, 2020
July 7, 2020 - 
Agency Beginning Reopening Discussions 
Council 220 Fighting for Health and Safety of Members

We’ve all heard rumors in recent weeks about when offices would go back to the office and to what extent. We've also seen coverage of other federal agencies who are sending employees back to the office, though COVID-19 numbers are rising! 

So far, the Social Security Administration has not announced its plan. However, Council 220 has learned that the agency has set up work groups to look at what it will take to reopen offices for the public and employees.
From the onset of this pandemic, Council 220 has advocated for 100% remote work for our members: it is in the best interest of the health and safety of the public and our members. Furthermore, since we’ve transitioned to remote work, SSA employees prove daily that working remotely is the most efficient and productive way for us to do the public's Social Security business.
However, that does NOT change the fact that Commissioner Saul never liked remote work. Despite the tremendous success of remote work, the agency has not told AFGE about its reopening workgroups or shared what they are considering. That is shameful! The Union and employees are NOT the enemy. Members of Congress have questioned the Trump administration for their continued mismanagement, and we implore SSA to come to the bargaining table to ensure we can continue to prioritize the health and safety of our members.
AFGE has heard that SSA managers are reaching out to employees to ask about their childcare issues, underlying health issues, or others in the house in high risk groups to get a handle on how many employees they may expect to be willing to return to work in a reopened office. If you receive communication from SSA asking you about these factors, please speak candidly. The agency cannot accommodate you if you don’t inform them of your needs.

SSA needs to allow employees to work remotely. Period. With a majority of states seeing an INCREASE in COVID-19 cases, we can’t go back to the way things were anytime soon! That would put the lives of our employees and the public at risk.

>>>>>>>>>>MEMBER SURVEY<<<<<<<<<

Please take this survey so we can better understand what issues you are facing so we can better hammer home to SSA and to Congress why remote work is the safest, most efficient, and most productive way for us to do SSA's work!
Once you’ve taken it (from your personal computer because SSA blocks Google Docs), send it to other members! We need to hear from as many people as possible.


Ralph de Juliis
AFGE Council 220 President

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