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.
I wanted to let you know about a very special event AFGE Local 1206 is cosponsoring this Thursday, at 7pm at Time Tested Books (1114 21st Street, Sacramento, CA 95811) Suzanne Gordon will be leading a discussion and Q&A about her new book “Wounds of War: How the VA Delivers Health, Healing and Hope to the Nation’s Veterans.” We hope you join us for this exciting event. You can watch a short video about the book here: https://www.youtube.com/
AFGE Author Event with Suzanne Gordon
What: AFGE Author Event with Suzanne Gordon, author of the new book
Wounds of War: How the VA Delivers Health, Healing and Hope to the Nation’s Veterans
Where: Time Tested Books (1114 21st Street, Sacramento, CA 95811)
When: Thursday, January 10, 2019; 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Who: The event is free and open to the public.
Issued on: December 18, 2018
By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:
Section 1. All executive departments and agencies of the Federal Government shall be closed and their employees excused from duty on Monday, December 24, 2018, the day before Christmas Day.
Sec. 2. The heads of executive departments and agencies may determine that certain offices and installations of their organizations, or parts thereof, must remain open and that certain employees must report for duty on December 24, 2018, for reasons of national security, defense, or other public need.
Sec. 3. December 24, 2018, shall be considered as falling within the scope of Executive Order 11582 of February 11, 1971, and of 5 U.S.C. 5546 and 6103(b) and other similar statutes insofar as they relate to the pay and leave of employees of the United States.
Sec. 4. The Director of the Office of Personnel Management shall take such actions as may be necessary to implement this order.
Sec. 5. General Provisions. (a) This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.
(b) Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:
(i) the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or the head thereof; or
(ii) the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.
(c) This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.
DONALD J. TRUMP
THE WHITE HOUSE,
December 18, 2018.