Largest federal workers’ union slams Trump for saying 'many' workers want shutdown

The president of the nation's largest federal workers’ union slammed President TrumpDonald TrumpKushner lands book deal, slated for release in 2022 Biden moves to undo Trump trade legacy with EU deal Progressives rave over Harrison's start at DNC MORE on Wednesday for claiming that “many” federal workers who were impacted by the partial government shutdown wanted the shutdown.

The American Federation of Government Employees, which represents over 700,000 federal employees, said in a statement seen by the New York Daily News that there “should be no confusion” about whether members of the union want to return to their workplaces.9


“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.”

Trump argued on Tuesday that thousands of workers being furloughed due to the shutdown wanted the government to remain closed until lawmakers are able approve funding his long-desired wall.

“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 said.

Trump did not specify who the employees were or what offices they worked for.

Paul Shearon, who currently serves as the president of the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers – which represents 80,000 federal employees –  also blasted Trump’s claim as "false" in a statement seen by the local newspaper.

“We have not heard from a single member who supports the President’s inaction,” Shearon said. “Most view this as an act of ineptitude.”

The report comes as the federal government enters its sixth day of a partial shutdown.