The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), the nation’s largest federal workers’ union which represents over 700,000 federal employees, blasted President Trump for falsely claiming that “many” federal workers who were impacted by the partial government shutdown wanted the shutdown, saying there “should be no confusion” employees want the shutdown to end.
“They are eager to get back to work,” AFGE President Jeffrey David Cox Sr. said in the statement. “They unequivocally oppose using shutdowns as a means of resolving policy disputes. This is not about a wall, this is about 800,000 real people with real families and real bills to pay.”
“Many of those workers have said to me, communicated, stay out until you get the funding for the wall. These federal workers want the wall,” the president claimed on Tuesday.
Trump did not provide any evidence to support his claim.
Paul Shearon, who currently serves as the president of the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers – which represents 80,000 federal employees – also ripped Trump’s claim as “false.”
“We have not heard from a single member who supports the President’s inaction,” Shearon said. “Most view this as an act of ineptitude.”