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For Immediate Release

Joanna Klonsky,

EPA Region 5 Union on Trump Re-Election Announcement


Following is a statement from the American Federation of Government Employees Local 704, which represents over 1000 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) employes in five Midwest states:

"Trump's announcement is proof that his authoritarian ideas are still not dead and that he refuses to take accountability for his criminal actions. At EPA, we witnessed the power of those ideas first hand.

"Under Trump, we lost four years in the fight against the climate emergency. He rushed three right-wing Justices onto the Supreme Court that are undermining federal environmental law. For the last two years, EPA workers have been unraveling Trump's toxic policies that were so harmful to our health and our planet.

"Americans saw this midterm election as a choice between freedom and fascism. And climate change was the second most consequential problem voters were concerned about when they approached the ballot box. And they voted to protect their families and their future.

"We still have a long way to go, but the scientists and engineers working at EPA have started to preserve our future and tackle the climate crisis by quickly implementing the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the Inflation Reduction Act. Let's not allow Trumpist Republicans to take back our future. Or allow Trump near the White House ever again."

The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) is the largest federal employee union proudly representing 700,000 federal and D.C. government workers nationwide and overseas. Workers in virtually all functions of government at every federal agency depend upon AFGE for legal representation, legislative advocacy, technical expertise and informational services.

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