Employee groups reach out to new administration

Federal employee groups began to reach out to lay the groundwork for working with the new administration in the wake of the presidential election.

“We will work to educate members of Congress and the administration about federal employee issues and the support they need to perform their missions on behalf of the public,” National Treasury Employees Union President Tony Reardon said in a Nov. 9 statement. “With the election behind us, our hope would be that the harmful and politically-motivated rhetoric about government can be set aside and our leaders will get down to the business of running the country.”

 “Our nation has major challenges ahead and NTEU’s role is to be sure the federal workforce is ready to tackle them,” Reardon said, noting that the union’s current focus would be on transition issues and ensuring Congress passes a funding bill to keep the government open past Dec. 9.

The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association also issued a statement on behalf of its membership.

“NARFE congratulates President-elect Trump and the newly elected members of the 115th Congress,” said NARFE National President Richard Thissen. “The transition to a new administration provides new opportunities for NARFE and its members to carry out its mission to advocate in support of our country’s hardworking federal employees and retirees, while opposing any cuts to their earned pay and benefits.”

“The new president and his colleagues in the new Congress will find the members of the federal and postal community eager to share their experience and expertise,” said NARFE Legislative Counsel and Federal-Postal Coalition Chairman Alan Lopatin. “We take pride in our work and know that the smooth delivery of government services, benefits and protections is in all of our interests as American taxpayer.”

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