Hundreds of Federal Employees to Protest Proposed Funding Cuts
Hundreds of federal employees are expected to protest President Donald Trump’s proposed funding cuts in Philadelphia today.
A local chapter of the American Federation of Government Employees will hold a rally at noon at Independence Mall.
Rally at noon ET on Thurs 6/22, 600 Market St, Phila.
Because the proposed 2018 budget threatens jobs, services, health + the environment
— AFGE Local 3631 (@AFGELocal3631) June 14, 2017
Demonstrators protest proposed funding cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency, Social Security, the National Park Service and the Veterans Administration. Attendance is expected to be in the hundreds, according to a Facebook page for the event.
AFGE Local 3631 president Gary Morton is sponsoring the rally. The event will include other representatives from the EPA’s Region 3, which covers employees working in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia.
“As one of the largest federal employee unions in the country, we want to let AFGE members everywhere, as well as all EPA workers, know that the work they do is most appreciated, and we will do everything we can to help them so they can continue to help and protect us,” Morton told the Roxborough Patch. “The work of the Environmental Protection Agency is not against the U.S. economy. We see protecting public health and safety as part and parcel to job creation. Science-based solutions contribute to the economy.”
AFGE represents 700,000 federal and D.C. government workers nationwide and overseas.
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