Telework is better for the planet, federal union argues
Rep. James Comer (R-KY) and D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) don’t see eye-to-eye on much. But they agree that federal employees should return to the office.
This month, the House passed a bill from Comer, who chairs the Oversight and Accountability Committee, that would require federal agencies to return to their pre-pandemic office arrangements within 30 days. Meanwhile, Bowser used her third inaugural address in January to call for federal workers to help revitalize downtown D.C.
In response to this bipartisan push, the largest federal union is airing this argument: Telework is better for the planet. In particular, the American Federation of Government Employees points to research showing that telework curbs climate pollution caused by commuting in gas-powered cars.
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