Pro-federal worker rally challenges Trump's executive order

"We need to stand up for working men and women."

Mark Abrams
August 09, 2018 - 5:44 pm
From left: Rep. Brendan Boyle, New Jersey Rep. Donald Norcross, and Pennsylvania Rep. Bob Brady speak at a rally to protest Trump's executive orders on unions.

Mark Abrams | KYW Newsradio

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WEST PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Dozens of federal workers gathered for an afternoon rally at 30th and Market streets Thursday to protest recent executive orders from President Donald Trump that they call an attack on unions.

The National Treasury Employees Union staged the rally to protest the president's orders issued at the end of May, which they say restrict union activity and call for a reduction in pension benefits and pay freezes.

The executive order also makes it easier for agencies to fire low-performing workers by limiting probation time and encouraging fires instead of suspensions.

"We need to stand up for working men and women," said Philadelphia Democratic Rep. Brendan Boyle at the rally. "We need to say that work with dignity has to pay."

Veteran Philadelphia Democratic state Rep. Bob Brady is a long-time supporter of organized labor.

"A lot of my brothers and sisters in organized labor made a mistake and voted for this guy because they believed in what he was saying," Brady said. "Now they realize they made a mistake. So what he's doing now is energizing his base and he's now against all organized labor."

Brady added that was a costly mistake, and he vowed it will also have a political cost for Trump.