WASHINGTON – American Federation of Government Employees National President Everett Kelley today issued the following statement in response to a proposed rule being published Monday that would clarify and reinforce long-standing protections and merit system principles for federal civil service employees:
“We applaud President Biden’s administration for taking concrete steps to protect the integrity of the civil service against those who seek to politicize routine government work and undermine our democracy.
“Whether these attacks take the form of Schedule F or other efforts to pack the executive branch with political flunkies, outlawing unions in the federal sector, illegally firing huge swaths of federal employees, or eliminating agencies, the purpose is the same: To discredit government, diminish faith in our democracy, terrorize the federal workforce, and inject politics into the routine day to day operations of government agencies.
“This action by President Biden is a reminder that we have a responsibility to take action to shore up the civil service and prevent any president from pursuing these corrupt schemes. The non-political civil service is as much a pillar of our democracy as the press or the courts, and we must protect its integrity.”