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11.07.18

IFPTE Responds to Mid-Term Election Results

Change “will provide a much-needed check on the administration”

WASHINGTON, DC – International Federation of Professional & Technical Engineers (IFPTE) President Paul Shearon and Secretary-Treasurer/Legislative Director Matt Biggs provided the following joint statement in response to last night’s 2018 mid-term election results:

“Last night’s elections, where control of the House of Representatives flipped to the Democrats while the Senate continues to be controlled by a Republican majority, will ensure that our next Congress will no longer be a rubber-stamp for the anti-worker agenda of the current administration. At the very least, the House of Representatives will provide a much-needed check on the administration, including their agenda to gut federal employee collective bargaining rights, as well as erode federal employee pay, pensions and health benefits. While nothing will come easy, and IFPTE and our Locals will continue to work hard in a bipartisan way with our friends on the Hill in support of all sectors of our membership, we remain hopeful that the next Congress will finally be one that delivers for workers for a change, including passage of a robust transportation infrastructure package that will create and maintain hundreds of thousands of good, union-represented jobs in all of our sectors; legislation to overturn damaging Executive Orders that were aimed at eliminating federal unions and worker due process protections; a tax reform policy that benefits working families, not corporations; legislation to shore up our nation’s retirement and health care security, and; fair and strong annual spending measures that are strategically targeted toward providing great taxpayer services while investing in a strong manufacturing economy.

“IFPTE is pleased that many of the bipartisan list of candidates that our union endorsed won their races. We look forward to working with the next Congress and will continue to push a legislative program based on issues, not political partisanship.”

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