More labor groups react to election results
- By FederalSoup Staff
- Nov 10, 2016
Federal employee organizations continued to extend cautious congratulations to the president-elect, while promising to continue to defend the rights of employees.
The Federal Managers Association, for example, offered carefully couched congratulations.
“Federal Managers Association (FMA) President Renee Johnson wishes to congratulate President-Elect Donald Trump on being elected the 45th president of the United States," said a statement from the group. “Federal managers' political views run from the left to the right of the political spectrum, but first and foremost, we know that we are charged with keeping the government running as efficiently and effectively as possible to ensure all Americans receive vital services, regardless of who resides in the White House.”
“As a candidate, President-Elect Trump proposed a government-wide hiring freeze on his first day on the job, as well as attrition,” the statement continued. “FMA has opposed arbitrary attrition policies in the past and notes the severe negative impact that a reduction of resources has had on services at agencies across the federal government. We are also wary of any attempt to strip due process and constitutionally-protected appeals rights from federal employees. In spite of such campaign rhetoric which has caused us concern, federal managers intend to sincerely work with the incoming administration and to institute new policies and procedures as directed by the president and Congress.”
Lee Saunders, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees—which also represents federal employees at the Library of Congress, Justice Department, Department of Agriculture, Federal Aviation Administration and several other agencies—took a somewhat softer approach.
“As we take stock of the message voters sent yesterday, we see that many were motivated by a real, palpable fear for their ability to provide for their families,” AFSCME President Lee Saunders said in a statement.
“For our part, the 1.6 million public service workers of AFSCME will never quit working to make their communities safer, healthier and better places to live,” Saunders said. “We will do what we do best to hold President-elect Trump accountable on his promise to restore the American Dream: organize and advocate for solutions for all working people, from affordable health care for all, to reducing student debt, to rebuilding America’s infrastructure.”
American Federation of Government Employees National President J. David Cox Sr., typically known as a labor firebrand, also tempered his message
“AFGE will continue to fight for workers’ rights and for the programs and services government employees deliver for the American people,” Cox stated “That never changes no matter who sits in the White House. We will work with the Trump administration on areas of common ground, as we have with every administration for generations.”