That was AFSCME president Lee Saunders’ sharp response to Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney’s plan to reduce the federal workforce, announced last week.
And J. David Cox Sr., president of the American Federation of Government Employees, slammed the directive’s “idea that even more of the government’s work should be outsourced to costly and unaccountable contractors.”
The directive “doesn’t trim fat,” added Saunders, “it cuts right into bone.”
On today's labor calendar:
The Metro Washington Council meets tonight at 6:30 at the AFL-CIO for the latest local labor news and updates.
And mark your calendar for our DC LaborFest Preview tomorrow night. We'll show trailers for the upcoming DC Labor FilmFest, plus we'll have LaborFest Save the Date cards, a raffle for free LaborFest scarves and hats and free LaborFest shirts for volunteers. The show starts at 6p at the Takoma Busboys and Poets, where, as always, there's great food and drink available for purchase.
Full details are on our website at dclabor.org, click on Calendar.
Here’s today's labor history:
On this date in 1905, the Supreme Court held that a maximum-hours law for New York bakery workers was unconstitutional under the due process clause of the 14th amendment.
In 2013, an explosion at a West Texas fertilizer plant killed 15 people and injured nearly 300 when 30 tons of highly explosive ammonium nitrate—stored in sheds without sprinkler systems—caught fire. Of those killed, ten were emergency responders.
Today’s labor quote is by Pope Francis
Pope Francis, who said, "Work is fundamental to the dignity of the person."
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