“Every day, we come into work to protect the health of all Americans by keeping our air and water clean and free of pollution, and we’re going to keep fighting to ensure all working people here have a voice and keep their rights when they walk in the door.”

Gary Morton, President, AFGE Local 3631

AFGE National 238 And AFGE Local 3631 Among Those Participating in #REDFORFEDS Day on July 25 To Protest ‘Democracy Busting’ Executive Orders

Washington, DC – Two months ago, President Trump signed three executive orders. The first two chip away at due process and collective bargaining rights for federal employees, and the third impedes employee representation at the job site.

The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), the country’s largest federal union, immediately called the orders “a direct assault on the legal rights and protections that Congress has specifically guaranteed to the 2 million public-sector employees across the country who work for the federal government.”

Within a week, AFGE filed a lawsuit against the Administration, AFGE vs Trump, which was joined by a dozen other unions, including the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). AFGE also received Congressional support for the lawsuit in an amicus brief and bipartisan letter from 132 members of Congress.

In addition, AFGE announced that July 25, the day oral arguments begin at the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, has been designated #RedForFeds, a national day of action across the country to protest President Trump’s executive orders.

Denise Morrison, acting president for AFGE 238, which represents 8,000 EPA employees nationwide, said that President Trump’s Executive Orders, if executed, will devastate the labor movement and all union workers.

“We are standing strong with our brothers and sisters around the country against these orders,” Morrison said. “The #RedForFeds solidarity rally in Washington, D.C and other activities around the country are a testament showing we are all united around the mission.”

AFGE Local 3631, representing EPA workers, will participate in #RedForFeds by standing in solidarity to protest the President’s attempt to undermine the apolitical civil service system at an event at Noon ET in front of the Philadelphia headquarters of the EPA.

“Government employees serve and protect America and its citizens,” said AFGE Local 3631 President Gary Morton. “Wearing RedForFeds symbolizes the outrage, anger and betrayal dedicated federal employees are enduring over these due process denying, union busting Presidential Executive Orders.

“We will survive this cowardly attack on our mission and continue to serve and protect America,” Morton added. “We are proud to stand with our union brothers and sisters across the country on July 25 by rallying, protesting, wearing red, and Tweeting about the President’s attempt to dismantle democracy.

Morton added that #RedForFeds is for all 2.1 million federal working people to come together and unite against democracy-busting executive orders that punish workers the President deems disloyal to his administration.

“President Trump thinks he can run roughshod over the men and women who have dedicated their lives to serving the American public, but he is in for a rude awakening,” Morton said.

“Every day, we come into work to protect the health of all American’s by keeping our air and water clean and free of pollution, and we’re going to keep fighting to ensure all working people here have a voice and keep their rights when they walk in the door,” he added.

To see which cities are hosting events and participating in #RedforFeds, visit www.afge.org/redforfeds and follow the hashtag on Twitter.

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The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) is the largest federal employee union, representing 700,000 workers in the federal government and the government of the District of Columbia.

 

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