A Message from President Reardon on Public Service Recogntion Week
Largely unnoticed, unfairly criticized but indispensable to the wellbeing of every American. That’s the federal workforce. You show up every day and get the job done even when you are under attack. I am proud to support you all year long and glad to have Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW) to push that message even further.
This country does not fully understand all the work you do and how it benefits them. Overall, the federal workforce is highly-educated and skilled, filled with people who willingly work around the clock, every single day because they understand how important their work is. Everyone who takes a drink of water, breathes air or eats food relies on federal employees. Our bank accounts are secure because of federal employees, our borders are protected and hungry schoolchildren are fed, thanks to federal workers. Without federal employees to collect the revenue to fund these services and the entire federal government, our country would grind to a halt.
Because federal employees operate under the radar, NTEU is proud to be your voice, bringing your story to the halls of Congress, to the media, to every bargaining table and to courthouses where we stand up for you.
We also there to defend you against unjust attacks. Federal employees deserve better than to be targeted for cuts or to have years of dedicated federal service reduced to negative caricatures for political purposes. You live and work in cities small and big, and help make this a great country. And while you don’t have fame or fortune, federal employees do have pride in knowing that you have chosen to make a positive difference though public service.
Celebrated the first week of May since 1985, PSRW has been designated by the president and Congress as a time to publicly express the nation’s appreciation of government employees and your work.
I don’t need a special week to do that—I am proud to do it every day and to take this opportunity to say thank you for your service.
P.S. I published a column on the deep commitment of federal employees on the website of Federal News Radio. Read it here