Issued on January 23, 2017
President Trump’s issued an executive order that installed a 90-day halt on the hiring of federal employees. The executive order ensured that no vacant positions could be filled and banned the creation of new positions, with some exemptions on any military personnel or any positions that may affect the national security of the United States. The goal, as stated in the executive order text, is to decrease the size of the national government. This hiring freeze is applicable to all executive departments and agencies regardless of where their funding comes from (except military personnel). LEARN MORE
David Cox, American Federation of Government Employees President, claimed “President Trump’s action will disrupt government programs and services that benefit everyone and actually increase taxpayer costs by forcing agencies to hire more expensive contractors to do work that civilian government employees are already doing for far less,”. As a result, the freeze will allow for fewer workplace safety inspections, less oversight on the environment, and a greater risk to our food and water supplies. The President of the National Treasury Employees Union, Tony Reardon, concurred by claiming that a hiring freeze increases backlogs and decreases overall service quality. LEARN MORE
- Federation of Government Employees – The largest federal employee union that offers legal representation, legislative advocacy and other services.
- National Treasury Employees Union – The nation’s largest independent union of federal employees, representing 150000 workers in 31 departments and agencies.
- National Federation of Federal Employees – It represents Federal employees across the nation, District of Columbia and overseas.
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