600 EPA employees seek more promotion opportunities for tackling ‘more complex work’

Environmental Protection Agency employees, implementing major climate and green government legislation championed by the Biden administration, are calling for higher wages and more opportunities for promotions. More than 600 EPA employees represented by the American Federation of Government Employees are calling on the agency to extend career ladder pay scales and merit promotions for lawyers, inspectors and engineers. Their Dec. 8 letter to EPA Administrator Michael Regan states federal pay for STEM positions is far outpaced by the private sector, and that prospective hires are declining about 25% of EPA’s job offers.