OMB to Unionize?

by Andrew Stiles

Jake Tapper reports that employees of the Office of Management and Budget plan to file a petition to unionize “as soon as today”:

Peter Winch, deputy director of field services and education for the American Federation of Government Employees confirmed to ABC News that his organization, which is affiliated with the AFL-CIO, has been meeting with employees of the OMB in the past few months to discuss their work conditions and desire to have more say over the conditions of their employment.


The next step will be for the employees to file a petition for an election with the Federal Labor Relations Authority’s Washington DC regional office. That filing could come as soon as today though the move could come on Monday.

Winch expressed concern that ABC News would report the story – first learned from other sources – before the union could officially inform OMB management.

The federal government is required to stay neutral on any petition for its employees to join a union.

Asked for comment, Kenneth Baer, OMB communications director, told ABC News that the Obama administration “is a strong supporter of the right of workers to organize. It is up to the people working at any bargaining unit to decide if they want to join a union or not. Whatever the decision of these employees may be, we are committed to working together to serve the President and the American people.”

Will be interesting to see whether the White House takes being “required to stay neutral” as seriously as Senate Democrats do in terms of their being “required to produce a budget.”