National President Dougan: “This Era of Congress Manufacturing One Crisis After Another Must End.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Contact: Drew Halunen, Communications Coordinator
Phone: (202) 216-4458

Washington, D.C. – With the government likely on the brink of ending its shutdown, William R. Dougan, National President of the National Federation of Federal Employees, a national union representing 110,000 federal workers throughout the U.S., issued the following statement:

“With a fiscal deal apparently reached, approximately 450,000 federal workers will finally be allowed to return to work and have their livelihoods restored. These federal employees have spent more than two weeks locked out of their jobs while extremists in Congress used them as political punching bags.

Federal employees deserve better. Congress needs to end its reckless behavior so that the lives of hardworking federal employees are not needlessly and unfairly thrown into turmoil. So people like Pete Randazzo, a recently furloughed information technologist at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif, can pay his mortgage. Or Karen Buondonno, a recently furloughed Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) employee in New Jersey, knows she can afford groceries for her young children.

Federal Employees are real people, with real families, real bills, and real worries. We are pleased the shutdown is ending, but today’s deal is just another short-term fix to a long-term problem. Congress needs to stop kicking the can down the road and provide federal employees and the rest of the nation with certainty about their government by passing a long-term budget. This era of Congress manufacturing one crisis after another must end.”

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Established in 1917, the National Federation of Federal Employees is the oldest union representing civil service federal employees.  NFFE represents 110,000 federal employees in 35 departments and agencies government-wide, including the majority of federal wildland firefighters. NFFE is affiliated with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, AFL-CIO. For more information, go to

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