NTEU CHAPTER 280 - U.S.
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY, NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS
NTEU CHAPTER 280 - DESCRIPTION
WHO WE ARE
Chapter 280 of the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) represents professional employees at the headquarters offices of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Scientists, lawyers, engineers, economists and other workers defined by Congress as ďprofessionalsĒ voted in 1984 to be represented by the union. At that time, the union was affiliated with the National Federation of Federal Employees, as Local 2050. The membership voted in 1998 to change affiliations and become part of NTEU. Our bargaining unit now numbers approximately 1600.
workers at EPA organized to defend their freedom to practice their professions
in pursuit of environmental and public health protection and to do so in
conformity with high ethical standards of professionalism. In addition to
professional ethics, Chapter 280 also pursues a program of traditional labor
interests - worker health and safety, family-friendly workplace programs, and
job security. Our worker health and safety activities also have public health
When hundreds of EPA workers were sickened by new carpet emissions, the union undertook efforts to protect the public from the same hazards, while simultaneously working to relieve the problems experienced by EPA workers. Carpet manufacturing has changed for the better because of the unionís work with EPA, Congress, the carpet industry and the media.
280 is responsible for EPA adopting its first set of Principles of Scientific
Integrity, which the Administrator promulgated in March 2000. Our work on
professional ethics, dating from 1985, led to the unionís commitment to
efforts to halt the use of the nationís drinking water system as a waste
disposal medium for toxic wastes containing fluoride. We have worked with
citizens groups, the scientific community, Congress, State legislators and the
media on this issue.
The unionís officer
corps consists of the President, Executive Vice-President, Senior
Vice-President, five Vice-Presidents, Chief Steward, Secretary and Treasurer.