Federal employees in Birmingham are planning to rally to protest sequestration today.
Today, March 20th, is known as National Day of Protest, and some federal employees are using today to highlight the need to end across-the-board budget cuts.
Federal employees will rally outside the Birmingham Social Security Center today to protest sequestration.
The event is one of about 100 rallies taking place across the country on March 20 as part of a mass demonstration organized by the American Federation of Government Employees. Events are taking place outside federal agencies and lawmakers' offices to highlight the impact of sequestration on everyday Americans, local and national economies, and on the work done by federal employees at military bases, Social Security offices, federal prisons and thousands of other locations.
"Our message is very clear: sequestration has got to go," AFGE National President J. David Cox Sr. said. "If federal employees are furloughed without pay, if offices and plants are shut down, if vacancies aren't filled because of these across-the-board budget cuts, then federal employees won't be able to do the work that the American public expects them to do."
AFGE is organizing this National Day of Protest with help from the AFL-CIO, including state federations and central labor councils, Americans for Tax Fairness, and the Alliance for Retired Americans. Protestors say their goal is to demonstrate to lawmakers and citizens that there are real consequences to the massive budget cuts called for under sequestration. Protestors say in addition to the direct cuts in service delivery, furloughing more than a million workers across the country will have a trickle-down effect on local businesses.
"Federal employees are hard-working Americans just like everyone else, and forcing them to take pay cuts of between 20 and 40 percent will have a direct impact on our local economy," said Anthony J. Young Alabama State Council president. "Less money in their pockets means less money to spend locally on food, clothing and other goods and services."
Here are details regarding the March 20 event:
Time: 12:00 Noon
Location: 1200 Rev Abraham Woods Jr Blvd, Bham Al 35285
Participants: Anthony J. Young, Pres AFGE Local 2206, Bren Riley, Sec/Tres Ala AFL/CIO, Abner Merriweather, Pres AFGE Local 1858, Shrene Funderburg, Pres AFGE Local 1945 and others.
The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) is the largest federal employee union, representing 670,000 workers in the federal government and the government of the District of Columbia.