Today marks the anniversary of Executive Order 10988 granting federal employees the right to collectively bargaining.

On January 17, 1962, President John F. Kennedy issued Executive Order 10988, “Employee-Management Cooperation in the Federal Sector” giving federal employees a limited right to unionize and bargain with their employer agencies.

This executive order led to greater equality for employees in the workplace, and significant changes regarding promotion systems, scheduling, working conditions, benefits and more. 

The IAM, along with the National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE-IAM Federal District 1), represents approximately more than 100,000 blue and white collar government workers across the United States and continues to advocate to ensure that America’s civil servants get the respect and dignity they have earned.

Click here for more background information on Executive Order 10988.

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