Eshoo Leads 107 Members of Congress Demanding the Trump Administration Negotiate Fairly with Unions

February 7, 2020
Press Release
Congresswoman Calls on Health and Human Services Secretary to Negotiate Employment Contracts in Good Faith

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee Chairwoman Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA) led 107 Members of Congress in writing to Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Alex Azar urging the Department to return to the bargaining table and negotiate employment contracts in good faith with unions representing HHS employees.

“HHS management failed to negotiate in good faith with union representatives when management walked out on negotiations after just one day of discussions last year. By failing to negotiate in good faith, HHS is in violation of federal law,” Eshoo and her colleagues wrote. “This violation of labor laws is particularly troubling because HHS employees serve critical functions in protecting the safety of Americans.”

The Members continued, “For the sake of the health and well-being of your employees and all Americans, we urge you to return to the negotiating table with unions representing HHS employees.”

On September 30, 2019, an arbitrator found that HHS “committed an Unfair Labor Practice by bargaining in bad faith.”  Following this decision, the head of one of the unions representing HHS employees wrote to Secretary Azar requesting that negotiations be resumed.  HHS has not responded to the request and has neglected to return to the negotiating table.

To read the letter, click PDF iconHERE.