In the holiday spirit of well-wishing, I would like to thank you for your service to the American people and to our country. The work of federal employees too often goes unrecognized and unrewarded, yet the federal workforce is the glue keeping this country together.
The past few years have been particularly difficult for federal employees: pay freezes, attacks on health and retirement benefits all while politicians and the media continually fire unwarranted attacks in an attempt to score cheap political points. Yet, you persevere. Day after day you exhibit incredible tenacity by dutifully serving the American public despite the critics and skeptics on Capitol Hill. You do not falter, and your dedication as a federal employee is admirable.
This holiday season I wish peace for all who serve in the federal workforce. I pray you are blessed with health and the companionship of friends and family. Be sure to cherish the moments you spend with your family and friends. I encourage you to rekindle old friendships while offering warmth and compassion to all those you encounter this holiday season.
To my NFFE brothers and sisters I offer my special thanks. You are part of a movement that transcends just our Union. You are on the front lines, fighting every day so that men and women across this country and around the world have a strong and collective voice in their workplace.
Stay safe and warm,
William R. Dougan
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