As the partial government shutdown that began at midnight on December 22 drags on, we have to keep the pressure on the White House and Congress. It's time for them to end this disastrous shutdown and put 800,000 federal workers back on the job for the pay they deserve.
Get in the fight today by doing one or more of the activities below—even if you haven't been affected by this shutdown. An injury to one is an injury to all.
1. Contact the White House on social media and tell President Trump to work with Congress to fully fund the government today.
• Tweet to the White House using the handle @WhiteHouse
• Send them a message or leave a comment on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/WhiteHouse/
2. Call Congress at (866) 803-8830 to speak with all three of your lawmakers. Call the number 3 times: Twice for both Senators and once for you Representative. Tell them to fully fund the government today!
3. Tweet and post to Facebook about the implications of this shutdown on your family and the services you provide to American people. Use the hashtag #ShutdownStories at the end of your post.
• You can write a post or even make a 30-second video with your phone.
• You should share it with all 3 of your members of Congress on their Facebook pages and Twitter accounts. Here is where you can find the websites for your Representative and both Senators. You should be able to find links to their twitter and Facebook account on congressional websites:
In your post or tweet, state your name, where you work, and what you do for the American people. And if you are veteran, say it. (Do not do any of this on duty time if you are being forced to work, don't do it on federal property period, and make it clear you are speaking on behalf of yourself not your agency.)
4. Write a letter to editor and send it to local and national newspapers until it gets published. Once you get your letter published, share it with our AFGE Legislative Facebook group and use the #ShutdownStories hashtag. You should share it with all 3 members of Congress on their Facebook pages and Twitter accounts as well.
5. Get a group of affected workers to stand on public property across from your facility or in front of your Representative's or Senator's office with a creative sign. You should ask your members of Congress to send staff. If congressional staff can't get there, you should at least ask your members of Congress to help promote your actions through their Twitter or Facebook accounts. You should also ask local clergy, veterans' group, other labor unions, community groups, and other state and local elected officials to join you.
Let your Local media know you are doing it. If you get an article or any live coverage, share it with us on our AFGE Legislative Facebook group and use the #ShutdownStories hashtag. (Again do not do this is on duty time if you are being forced to work, don't do it on federal property, and make it clear you are speaking on behalf of yourself not your agency).
6. Ask other coworkers to do all of this as well.
7. Ask non-union members to join AFGE to help this fight.
8. Do this every day until the shutdown is over.
IMPORTANT: This information should not be downloaded using government equipment, read during duty time or sent to others using government equipment, because it suggests action to be taken in support of or against legislation. Do not use your government email address or government phone in contacting your Member of Congress.