Federal employees will gather at the Hart Senate Office Building on Feb. 13 to demand that our government stay open and that federal employees do not have their lives and livelihoods used as bargaining chips in another policy controversy.
The 35-day government shutdown over Trump’s wall demand wreaked financial havoc on the 800,000 workers who were either forced to work without pay or locked out of work without pay. It also cost the economy $11 billion, $3 billion of which we will never recover. And it could happen all over again if the administration and Congress can’t come to an agreement by midnight Feb. 15 when the current funding runs out.
“We hope that President Trump will work together with Congress to reach an agreement that funds the government for the long term,” said AFGE President J. David Cox Sr. “Our public servants do important work on behalf of the American people, and they are still reeling from the extreme financial hardship caused by the last shutdown. Neither federal workers nor the American public they serve can afford another shutdown.”
The rally is part of our union’s annual legislative conference in which union members gather in Washington, D.C. to discuss legislative priorities and meet their members of Congress. This year’s theme for the Feb. 10-13 conference is “Stand. Unite. Fight!” Members are encouraged to use the hashtag #OurVoice2019 for your social media posts.
AFGE, which represents 700,000 federal and D.C. government workers, has been working with members of Congress to keep the federal government open, guarantee back pay for workers impacted by the shutdown, and fight for a 2.6% pay increase in 2019 for federal workers who keep the country running.
We are encouraged that members of Congress invited several of our members to the State of the Union address on Feb. 5 to show support for federal employees harmed by the shutdown.