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12.26.18

Unnecessary Burden Placed on Highly-Skilled Professionals Employed in the Federal Government Due to the Shutdown

"Gambling with the lives of federal workers is not acceptable."

For immediate release December 26, 2018

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

Statement from IFPTE President Paul Shearon:

"Our union, the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers, represents thousands of highly-skilled professionals employed by the federal government who work in a wide range of occupations including Immigration Judges at the Department of Justice and rocket scientists at NASA. The professionals just mentioned are among the 800,000 federal employees whose lives have been placed on hold by the shutdown of the government. Ninety-five percent of the workers at NASA, for example, are locked out of their offices and laboratories, and all of them may not receive a paycheck.

"The president falsely claims that “many” federal workers support the shutdown and have told him to “stay out.” We have not heard from a single member who supports the president’s inaction. Most view this as an act of ineptitude.

"Donald Trump is the head of the administrative branch of government. As the nation’s top administrator, he should be deeply concerned about the morale of his employees, the productivity of government agencies, and the ability of the government to attract and retain the best and the brightest. Instead, he is literally tweeting the words “poor me” while holding dedicated professionals hostage, creating unnecessary stress and financial hardships for their families, undermining their work product, and treating them as a chip on a giant poker table.

"If the president wants to gamble, perhaps he should go back to running casinos. A casino is where it’s commonplace for chips to be tossed around. Gambling with the lives of federal workers is not acceptable.

Paul Shearon is the President of the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers. Across North America, IFPTE represents 80,000 highly-skilled, workers in both the public and private sectors. The union is an affiliate of the AFL-CIO & CLC. More information can be found at www.ifpte.org.

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PRESS COVERAGE

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Trump Signals No End to Government Shutdown: 'You have to have a wall' (Chicago Tribune)

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NASA, Other Federal Workers Not as Supportive of Government Shutdown as Trump Claims, Union Rep Says (Houston Chronicle)

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Trump Signals No End to Shutdown: 'You have to have a wall' (Yahoo News)

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'You Have to Have a Wall': Resolute Trump Declares Government Shutdown Won't End Until He Gets Funding for Border Security (Daily Mail)

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Federal Workers Rip President Trump's 'False' Claim 'Many of Them Want Government to Remain Shuttered (New York Daily News)

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Largest Federal Workers' Union Slams Trump for Saying 'Many' Workers Want Shutdown (The Hill)

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Government Shutdown Day 5: Politics Doesn't Take a Holiday as Stalemate Continues Over Border Wall Funding (USA Today)

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White House, Congressional Democrats See No Deal on Shutdown (Miami Herald)

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By Shutting Down Government Over Racist Border Wall, Union Says Trump 'Gambling With Lives of Federal Workers' (Common Dreams)

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Union Accuses Trump of 'Gambling' with the Lives of High-Paid Federal Employees (The Daily Caller)

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This Government Employee Union Responded to the Shutdown by Setting the Record Straight for Trump (The Bustle)


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