Over the past year, more than 700 EPA employees have quit their jobs or taken retirement buyouts. According to Steve Hopkins, who worked at the EPA for 15 years, that’s totally unprecedented.
“The money that they give in a buyout isn’t sufficient to take a buyout on that basis alone,” explained Hopkins, who now serves on the executive board for AFGE Council 238, a union that represents thousands of EPA employees. “The frustration at all levels of the agency has created an attitude among people my age [of], you know, ‘I’m sick and tired of fighting. I’m sick and tired of having to fight to do the job I was hired to do.’’