For Immediate Release

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders on New OMB Directive to Reduce the Federal Workforce


AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders issued the following statement about the Trump Administration’s announcement of a “Comprehensive Plan for Reforming the Federal Government and Reducing the Federal Civilian Workforce.”

“It’s beyond insulting to hear OMB Director Mulvaney’s characterization of this proposal as ‘the coolest thing nobody’s talking about.’ There’s nothing cool about firing hard-working people who’ve devoted themselves to government service, or about hurting communities that depend on the services they provide.

“From protecting our neighborhoods to building community infrastructure to ensuring that our skies are safe for travel, public service workers never quit finding ways to make the American people stronger and healthier. This new directive, made necessary by an administration budget proposal that is unprecedented in its austerity and cruelty, doesn’t trim fat; it cuts right into bone.

“Federal employees and all public service workers didn’t choose their careers expecting to get rich. But they deserve basic respect. They deserve better than this attack on their livelihoods from the Trump administration.”