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01.10.19

Federal Workers Rally to End Shutdown, March on White House

Critical Work for U.S. Immigration, Science and Space Programs
at Risk During Phony Funding Crisis

For immediate release, January 10, 2019

Contact: Jamie Horwitz
202/549-4921, jhdcpr@starpower.net

WASHINGTON – Scientists, judges, NASA workers and other members of the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE) will join a rally and march to the White House today, calling for an immediate end to the costly and unnecessary government shutdown.

Who:Members of IFPTE, joined by federal employees and contract workers who belong to two-dozen other U.S. labor unions

What: March from AFL-CIO headquarters to the White House, calling for an immediate end to a costly and unnecessary federal shutdown

Where: Marchers will gather at AFL-CIO Headquarters, 815 16th St. NW, and proceed to the White House

When: Thurs., Jan. 10 at Noon


“The health, safety and well-being of tens of millions of Americans is at risk due to this irresponsible and unnecessary shutdown of our government,” said Paul Shearon, president of the IFPTE, which represents scientists, judges, technicians and other highly-skilled workers at both federal and private sector employers.

“If you’re a politician and all you do is make speeches for a living, it’s probably OK if you stop doing that for a while,” said Shearon. “That’s not how it works if you’re a judge in a courtroom or a scientist at a government agency.”

IFPTE members hurt by the shutdown are judges in U.S. immigration courts, scientists, engineers and technical workers at NASA and highly skilled workers at the EPA and NOAA.

The current shutdown is “completely unnecessary,” said Shearon. “The real problem is that President Trump has shut himself down and he’s refusing to do his job as chief executive. He needs to start up again, end impossible hardships for 800,000 public employees, and get the government back up and running. Our members want to get back to work so we can serve and protect the American people.”

Across the nation, IFPTE represents 80,000 highly-skilled, white-collar workers in both the public and private sectors. The union is an affiliate of the AFL-CIO. More information can be found at www.IFPTE.org.
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Watch the rally on livestream here.

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