Letters to the editor are a quick and easy way to reach your local communities. AFGE has templates for you to use for a letter to the editor on the executive orders and the administration’s attacks on your union rights. Below you can find a template LTE and information about how to place that submission in an outlet of your choice.
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Letter to the Editor Template
As a proud union member with the American Federation of Government Employees Local (Number) that represents federal workers at [NAME OF AGENCY/FACILITY/INSTALLATION], I’m outraged that the Trump administration is trying to make it harder for me to do my job on behalf of the American people.
In May 2018, President Trump issued three executive orders designed to weaken federal employee unions and prevent federal employees like me from blowing the whistle on mismanagement and other workplace abuses. Although legal challenges from AFGE and other unions delayed implementation of the executive orders, President Trump’s political appointees have been using every tool in their disposal to hijack union contract negotiations and implement them anyway. Now, with the most recent ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals, these orders may go into full effect soon with devastating impact for all federal workers.
If these anti-worker executive orders are allowed to stand, political appointees will have free rein to hire and fire employees without regard to due process, anti-discrimination laws, or veterans’ preference. Federal agencies will become staffed by political yes men and women whose allegiance is to their party, not to the American people.
Federal employees take great pride in the work that we do and the services we provide to taxpayers. All we are asking for is dignity, fairness, and respect on the job.