Q & A Session – Are Employees at my Agency Allowed to Join a Union?


Ask the Lawyer received the following question (paraphrased for easier reading and clarity) from a reader on a legal matter that might be of interest to the entire audience.


How can I get my agency to become part of a union? I think I remember being told that employees at my agency were not allowed to join a union when I first started many years ago, but I am not sure if that is right.


Federal agencies and parts of federal agencies are allowed to organize and have most employees represented by unions. Some agencies (e.g., CIA and FBI) and employees (e.g., supervisors) are excluded. If eligible, a union has to actually organize your component and an election has to occur.

Bill Bransford is managing partner of Shaw Bransford & Roth PC.

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