Machinists Union ‘Ready to Fight’ Trump Administration’s Latest Attack On Federal Workers
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The International Association of Machinists (IAM) Union is mobilizing to combat the Trump administration’s proposed cut to Federal Employees’ Retirement Benefits and a reported memo that threatens to remove collective bargaining for Department of Defense (DoD) Personnel.
In late January, the Trump Administration disseminated a memo that outlines a means for Defense Secretary Mark Esper to have the authority to exclude Pentagon “agencies or subdivisions thereof” from the law guaranteeing Federal Workers the right to Unionize, citing the need for “flexibility,” according to a February 8th article by Government Executive.
“These are ‘merely the latest unjust attacks’ on the hard-working women and men of the Federal Government, many of whom are U.S. Military Veterans. The ‘removal’ of collective bargaining among Defense Department Civilian Citizens ‘would have a negative impact on Worker protections and morale at a very crucial part of the government,’” IAM President Robert Martinez, Jr. said. “The IAM ‘is willing and ready to fight to make sure our members retain their rights to collectively bargain.’”
The Department of Defense includes a 750,000-person Civilian Workforce, many of whom are represented by the IAM and other Unions.
The White House’s just-released 2021 Federal Budget proposes Workers pay more toward health care and retirement.
The White House annual budget proposal is often seen as a policy wish list of sorts that Congress can adopt or choose to reject.
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