Federal employees protest administration policies

Members of the largest federal employee union in the country held a silent protest on Capitol Hill against the Trump administration’s workforce policies and treatment of federal labor groups, Federal Times reports.

The event, which was held Feb. 11 at the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C., included 20 minutes of silence representing the number of months that federal employee unions have been facing controversial workforce executive orders being enforced by the administration, American Federation of Government Employees National Secretary Treasurer Everett Kelley explained in the article.

AFGE, which led the protest, has particular issue with three executive orders issued in May 2018 that call for making it easier to fire employees, restricting collective bargaining rights, and limiting the use of official time, according to the report.

Reader comments

Mon, Feb 17, 2020

What do unions do? Do they go along with the current administrations policies and tell the members sorry we tried? What also happened to the elected officials who cared about civil servants and the jobs they do to make Americans better off? The elected clowns currently in office do very little for their bloated salaries and benefits. Time for term limits and vote out all the incumbents because they cause most of the bipartisan stalemates that result daily.

Fri, Feb 14, 2020

Do not pick out this president as the one who hates federal employees. He is part of a larger club such as Carter, Bush Jr, Clinton and Obama. They all beat down federal employees directly or indirectly. The main reason was that special interest groups called in favors when the economy tanked and these presidents cut benefits, froze COLA's and increased the costs of the pension and medical insurance. Thank them all for such great treatment.

Thu, Feb 13, 2020

This president is attacking every federal agency in this country. As federal employees in what he calls a "robust economy" we suffer with miniscule pay increases, higher costs to benefit premiums, and now he wants to take away or minimize our leave and pensions. What gives? We already earn 20% less than the private sector.

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