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For Immediate Release

Monday, January 23, 2017

AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders on Federal Hiring Freeze


AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders issued the following statement regarding President Trump’s Executive Order imposing a federal hiring freeze:

“In one of his first acts in office, President Trump is making it harder for federal public service workers to do their jobs for the American people.

“The men and women who’ve chosen public service don’t ask for much. But they do deserve basic respect, and that includes having the tools they need to do their work. Too often, they are understaffed, trying to do more with less, facing more mandates with fewer resources.

“This step will exacerbate rather than eliminate these problems. It will make federal agencies less effective, hurting people and communities that depend on efficient public services. It may mean unsafe workplaces aren’t inspected, lower quality health care for our veterans, and longer wait times at Social Security Administration offices.

“You can’t make America great by undermining those who’ve dedicated their careers to serving America.”

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