National President Dougan to Congress: “Don’t Play Games with Federal Employees’ Livelihoods”

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

(National Federation of Federal Employees)


Contact: Cory Bythrow, Communications Director

Phone: (202) 216-4458


Washington, DC – As hundreds of thousands of federal employees awoke to a government shutdown this morning, William R. Dougan, National President of the National Federation of Federal Employees, a national union representing 110,000 federal workers throughout the U.S., issued the following statement:


“Today Congress willfully forced 800,000 dedicated federal workers off the job of serving the American people. These workers have families to feed, bills to pay, and rent to make. They are taxpaying, hardworking citizens of this country just like everyone else, but extremists in Congress are punishing them to score political points.


My message to Congress is this: Don’t play games with federal employees’ livelihoods.


This shutdown is shameful, it is unacceptable, and this union will not rest until these workers are back on the job and their paychecks are made whole. Federal employees have already endured three years of frozen pay, cuts to retirement benefits, and over a week of unpaid furlough days. They have given more than their fair share. Even more furloughs under this shutdown will be the straw that broke the camel’s back.


Federal employees deserve better. They provide critical services to our nation every day by caring for our veterans, protecting our borders, and preserving our national treasures, among so many other vital duties. They want to come to work and serve their country. We must all stand up and demand Congress do the right thing and put our public servants back on the job where they belong.”


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Established in 1917, the National Federation of Federal Employees is the oldest union representing civil service federal employees.  NFFE represents 110,000 federal employees in 35 departments and agencies government-wide. NFFE is affiliated with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, AFL-CIO.


John Sanders   10/02/13 11:51 am
Too many good citizens are being hurt by the shutdown
America's so-called leaders in Congress have driven the nation to a new low. The public spectacle and embarrassing melodrama is painful. Too many good citizens, not just Federal workers, have already been hurt by this childish behavior and shutdown. Who can blame them for losing faith in a government that has become dysfunctional and self destructive?

LaBernice   10/02/13 5:41 am
Tired of Congress Disregard for Federal Workers
Thank you Mr. Dougan and Cory for your letter. The federal workers continue to be treated unjustly by congress and it needs to stop. We need our pay checks just like they continue to receive theirs. I have called congress and will continue to do so in order for this furlough to end. I urge my brother and sisters to go the same. Please remember this when elections roll around again.

Jane Parker   10/02/13 2:58 am
Why does the news ignore the "essential" worker - who has to report to work and not get paid. How are we to continue to report to work with NO MONEY. I for one will be homeless if I do not get my next pay check.

Mark Burns   10/01/13 4:01 pm
Totally Unexceptable
Thanks very much for sharing your feelings on this travesty the 800,000 employees will have to endure. Also, thanks for continuing to fight and represent us. First, the force furlough of 6 days, now a Government shutdown. This is a big let down!.I feel like I have been taken out to the middle of the ocean and thrown overboard.

Curt Browning   10/01/13 3:07 pm
Tired of Politics
I am categorized as an "essential" employee based on my job but I'm upset that a distinction has been made between any federal service employee! Every government employee plays an important part in our countries stability and should be considered essential. Congress is the only "non-essential" group that should be furloughed. Stop playing politics with our lives congress. We voted you in office and we can vote you out...

ANTHONY   10/01/13 2:50 pm
What do they think they are teaching our children, when they see such division among grown adults, an leaders of our nation. We need to put our personal differences aside for the better good of our nation. Forget about being a Republican or Democrat, and just be an American first. The the Bible says, a house divided against it self can not stand.


Revend Unity

John Sanders   10/01/13 2:38 pm
Congressional accountability
Thanks, Bill, and the great team at NFFE for working so diligently on our behalf. I agree, this shutdown is shameful. I hope that NFFE members will follow your advice and call their Congressional representative every day. I know I will.

Paula M Dolliver-Marshall   10/01/13 2:32 pm
Totally agree with the above statement
Thnak you very much for stating what so many of us think. Congress needs to live like the average person and get the same benefits like the rest of us and then have overgrown children in Congress bicker and then we the average american pay for their temper tatrums.

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