U.S.A : How Federal Workers Could Fight the Shutdown

Haney, Ryan; Beckett, Ben

Publisher:  Europe Solidaire Sans Frontieres
Date Written:  02/01/2019
Year Published:  2019  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX23239

Federal workers have dealt with low pay, degraded working conditions, and repeated employer lockouts. If they want to improve their conditions, they'll have to organize.



With gridlock in Washington and 0 percent raises even in recent years when a Democrat was in the White House, there's little reason to hope the federal government will become a better employer anytime soon.

If federal workers want to stop the attacks on their livelihoods and their dignity, the only realistic path is the same as for any group of workers facing a mean and unpredictable boss, cuts to pay and benefits in real dollars, and unexpected furloughs: they need to organize.

Federal workers won't be consistently treated with real respect and dignity until they can present a credible threat to shut down the government - on their terms, not their bosses'.

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