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Federal Groups Advocate for DNC to Include Federal Employee Priorities in Party Platform

As both parties prepare for national conventions in the coming weeks, several unions and associations representing the interests of federal employees are pushing the Democratic National Committee’s platform committee to include their priorities this time around.

Among those actively advocating include the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE), who submitted testimony to the committee; the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE); and the American Postal Workers Union, who gave testimony before the committee.

Pay equity, due process protections, fair hiring and good federal management are among some of the issues these groups would like to see added to the party’s platform.

Richard Thissen, NARFE’s president, highlighted the need to protect merit systems principles, stating, “Elimination of these protections will only increase the vulnerability of the federal workforce to manipulation by partisan politics, the political agenda of future administrations, and personal favoritism.”

Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) is the chair of the platform committee and also sits as the ranking member on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Cummings is a long-time advocate for federal employees and has fought to protect their rights and responsibilities as the ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

In the previous iteration of the Democratic platform, it vaguely touched on federal workforce issues, stating “We are committed to the most open, efficient, and accountable government in history, and we believe that government is more accountable when it is transparent.”

Meanwhile, in their last platform, Republicans wrote, “We recognize the dedication of federal workers and the difficulty of their thankless task of implementing poorly drafted or open-ended legislation.” They also noted the civil service should reward employees “who dare to innovate, reduce overhead, optimize processes, and expedite paperwork.” 

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Tags: federal employees, AFGE, NARFE, Democrats, Republicans

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