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Largest union of federal, D.C. workers calls for action to protect employees, residents from coronavirus

The American Federation of Government Employees, the largest union representing federal and D.C. government workers, on Friday called on D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser to take more aggressive steps to protect employees and the public from the coronavirus. “Mayor Bowser needs to conduct an assessment of what essential services are required for D.C. residents during this time of major emergency,” said Eric Bunn, national vice president for AFGE’s 14th District, which represents more than 20,000 D.C. and federal government employees. Lacking top-down direction, each D.C. agency has been left to respond on its own – resulting in inconsistent implementation of emergency guidelines, Bunn said. Examples include the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs operating as normal but without providing adequate safety equipment to employees and the Department of Motor Vehicles requiring employees to report to work even though not all services are being conducted, exposing them to potential health hazards.