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AFGE reported that “the massive influx of new detainees will endanger the lives of correctional officers"

The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) reported that “the massive influx of new detainees will exacerbate the short-staffed prisons, endangering the lives of correctional officers, inmates, detainees themselves, and the surrounding communities. AFGE Council of Prison Locals, which represents more than 33,000 Bureau of Prisons employees nationwide, has been urging Congress to increase staffing and has pushed back against the administration’s decision to slash 6,000 positions from correctional facilities. ‘The men and women who work at the Bureau of Prisons risk their lives every day they show up to work, and now they’re being asked to jeopardize themselves further by looking after an even larger population without the proper training, support, or planning,” said Council President Eric Young. “How are our officers supposed to protect and care for these detainees when they barely have enough resources to care for the prisoners under their charge now?”

Source: peopleoverprof.it

Trump may replace Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, who has opposed wholesale privatization

As the tension surrounding Trump administration firings intensifies, speculation is rife that Trump may replace Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, who has opposed wholesale privatization of the $198.6 billion department, with Fox-TV talk show personality Peter Hegseth. Hegseth, a veteran right winger with close ties to right wing groups, was passed over in 2017 in favor of Shulkin because of his inexperience at running such a large organization. The VA has almost 400,000 public employees, many represented by The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE).

Source: inthesetimes.com

Trump’s federal hiring freeze will cost taxpayers and hurt Americans, Fed unions say

: Donald Trump has imposed a federal hiring freeze, prompting warnings that vital public service jobs will go unfilled. “‘President Trump’s action will disrupt government programs and services that benefit everyone and actually increase taxpayer costs by forcing agencies to hire more expensive contractors to do work that civilian government employees are already doing for far less,’ AFGE National President J. David Cox Sr. said. ‘We're disappointed but not surprised by President Trump's attack on federal workers,’ said AFSCME Council 26 Executive Director Carl Goldman. AFSCME said the freeze will make federal agencies less effective, hurting people and communities that depend on efficient public services. ‘You can’t make America great by undermining those who’ve dedicated their careers to serving America,’ said AFSCME president Lee Saunders.”

Source: Metro Washington Council AFL-CIO

In Step Towards Privatization, Trump Enacts Federal Hiring Freeze

Lauren McCauley explains at Common Dreams, in In Step Towards Privatization, Trump Enacts Federal Hiring Freeze, … [A]s AFGE National President J. David Cox Sr. pointed out, the freeze will ‘actually increase taxpayer costs by forcing agencies to hire more expensive contractors to do work that civilian government employees are already doing for far less.’ In effect, it’s a step towards privatizing the federal government. ‘Numerous studies have shown that contractors are two to three times more costly than each federal employee they replace,’ Cox said. “President Trump’s federal hiring freeze will result in more government waste as agencies are forced to hire high-priced contractors to do the work that federal employees can and should be doing.’”

Source: Common Dreams

Public Service Recognition Week.

The first week in May was celebrated around the country as Public Service Recognition Week. “Now in its 31st year, the week—which is organized by the Public Employees Roundtable, a group of federal employee unions and associations — puts a spotlight on the importance of the service that public sector workers do for the common good. ‘It’s great to be a public servant, and I think it is nice, at least once a year that we recognize all of those folks and the great work that they do,’ American Federation of Government Employees President J. David Cox said.”

Source: Federal Times