For Joy Gerdy-Zogby and Matthew Zogby, coming to NTEU’s Capitol Hill rally in support of federal employees was a no-brainer. In addition to being married, they are both federal employees and active NTEU members. And they are both concerned about attacks on federal employees and agency missions.
“We feel under threat as federal employees,” said Gerdy-Zogby, an attorney and member of Chapter 251 (IRS Chief Counsel). “Being at the IRS, agency funding is critical. We can’t accomplish what we need to do on the agency’s budget.”
“We feel the need to solve problems and address our fears and concerns as part of a group,” she added.
Solving problems and speaking out as part of a union is a notion Zogby grew up with. “I support the power of unions—I was brought up that way,” said the member of Chapter 213 (Department of Energy Headquarters). “I come from a family that supports unions.”
Along with being rocked by a questionnaire that called for the names of DOE employees working on climate change projects, the future direction of the agency is unclear, leaving some employees’ projects in limbo.
One issue that both members singled out is the need for fair pay increases, a key message at the rally.
“Both of our incomes depend on the federal government,” said Gerdy-Zogby. “Our family is hurt by budget cuts.”
The Zogbys were also pleased to hear NTEU and lawmakers voice support for paid parental leave. “We are passionate about paid family leave,” said Zogby.
NTEU members who attended the rally heard from some of the biggest federal employee supporters in Congress, including Sen. Chris Van Hollen and Reps. Don Beyer, Gerry Connolly, Carolyn Maloney, Donald McEachin, Dutch Ruppersberger and Bobby Scott.
Couldn’t attend the rally? You can still make a difference. Visit NTEU’s Legislative Action Center to learn how you can make your voice heard.