Unions react to election results
- By Nathan Abse
- Nov 08, 2018
Most federal unions have made no secret of their anger at the increasing disdain they have felt in recent years from leading quarters of the Republican Party—a sense that has grown much more pointed under the present White House.
Union pushback against what they see as undeserved criticism from President Trump and others in his party has now found expression in the mid-term elections, where the party in opposition became the party of the majority in the House of Representatives. And, in the immediate aftermath, some federal employee unions have been quick to broadcast their improved hopes for the new Congress.
For example, some unions are emphasizing not a partisan agenda, per se, but the power that a Democratic House will have to oppose effectively this White House. The new House “will provide a much-needed check on the administration,” said International Federation of Professional & Technical Engineers President Paul Shearon and Secretary-Treasurer/Legislative Director Matt Biggs, in their joint statement and press release.
“Last night’s elections, where control of the House of Representatives flipped to the Democrats while the Senate continues to be controlled by a Republican majority, will ensure that our next Congress will no longer be a rubber-stamp for the anti-worker agenda of the current administration,” the IFPTE leaders said. “At the very least, the House of Representatives will provide a much-needed check on the administration, including their agenda to gut federal employee collective bargaining rights, as well as erode federal employee pay, pensions and health benefits.”
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