EPA Union History

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The website is  a work-in-progress as of August 2018. It was initially conceived as a history of the HQ professional bargaining unit’s union, which was chartered in 1983 as Local 2050, National Federation of Federal Employees. As we built this site and populated it with stories and documents, it became obvious that the site would include material on the efforts of other EPA labor unions. Some of that material is on the Collective Bargaining/Partnership page and the Professional Ethics/Scientific Integrity page. Likewise, the NFFE/NTEU Newsletters page covering Volumes published beginning in 1992 has material on our work with EPA’s other labor organizations.

Furthermore, our interest in the Agency, its employees and its missions is ongoing in these trying times. Thus the creation of the Fight Back and Posts pages where we will do our best to stay current with organized labor’s work at EPA.

To access the Main Pages and SubPages on this site – so far – use the search box at the right on the Home Page. You can also see a Summary History through 1999, which is a subpage of this page. Available pages currently are: Why We Organized, Posts, Contact Us, Key Issues (with subpages on Professional Ethics/Scientific Integrity, Fluoride Toxicity, Toxic Carpet – with SubSubPages) and NFFE/NTEU Newsletters.

The Newsletters Page provides an especially rich historical picture of the union’s activities and events happening within EPA and across the federal government during these times. In particular, specific happenings around Key Issues are presented in great detail in the newsletters issues.

Drs. Robert J. Carton and J. William Hirzy are the proprietors of this website. They are charter members – two of the eight in that category – of the EPA HQ professionals’ union, originally Local 2050 of the National Federation of Federal Employees. In the text below that relates a brief history of the union – up to 1999 – one can find a complete list of officers who ever served.

Drs. Carton and Hirzy were especially moved to create this site because the current staff at EPA is now (February 2017) faced with similar challenges, but far more ominous, than the staff faced in 1981. By making available documents and commentary that show how EPA professionals reacted facing the advent of the Reagan/Gorsuch administration, they hope to inform and inspire current staff in ways to survive with their honor – and jobs –  intact as dedicated members of the Civil Service.

They also want to make available to other working people, students, Congress and the general public the story of how members of the Civil Service organized and fought for their rights and for the public interest, starting in difficult times.