Federal workers have fallen under attack since the Trump administration was ushered in. American Federation of Government Employees District 6 National Vice President Arnold Scott spoke about those attacks and what is to come for federal workers under a potential Biden administration on America’s Work Force Union Podcast.
AFGE employees under attack
When prompted, Scott said that AFGE members have come under attack because of the Trump administration. He said the president and his administration have made federal public servants lie on his behalf, alter data and do other things that they otherwise would not.
Scott also said attacks on federal employees have come in the form of understaffing. Not filling positions in the name of cost cutting has led many federal employees to be overworked and being required to work without protections they enjoyed under previous administrations.
He said these attacks have left morale amongst rank and file public servants to be low. Scott added that while some agencies have fought back and have worked with the AFGE to mitigate these attacks, other agencies have dove head first into the anti-union sentiment of the administration.
The AFGE under a Biden administration
Scott said that he is hoping he will see Joe Biden and Kamala Harris be victorious in the election and that conditions will improve for AFGE members.
He said the first thing Biden will need to do is reverse all of the anti-union executive orders President Trump has issued and roll back the administration’s anti-union policies. From there, Scott would like to see Biden shore up the pension program for federal workers and ensure they are paid a fair wage for a fair day of work.
Providing tools for federal employees
Scott said AFGE members have seen their tools and resources decimated under this administration. Under a Biden administration, Scott said the AFGE will be vocal in demanding these be restored.
The tools and resources being referred to are the funding of agencies and programs that allow the government to be the most efficient and effective service for American citizens. The example Scott used was the reduction in funding for the Department of Defense (DOD) which was reallocated to be used as funding to build a border wall promised by President Trump during the campaign.
He also said cutting the census short was an attack on the tools and resources of the AFGE. Scott said agencies will see less funding because of potentially inaccurate information, hurting federal workers.