Federal hiring freeze could affect industries on Delmarva

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Federal hiring freeze could affect industries on Delmarva

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On President Donald Trump's first official day in office, he put pen to paper on a presidential memorandum instituting a hiring freeze on all federal employees, with the exception of military personnel.

The leaders of labor unions who protect those employees are fired up over the action.

J. David Cox is the President for the American Federation of Government Employees and he says this is no way to run a government.

Cox explains, "I'm sure that at a Trump hotel or a Trump golf course you wouldn't just stop hiring employees as people left, you wouldn't be able to provide the services that the people there want when they come to those facilities."

Cox adds that communities depend on federal jobs and with this hiring freeze their economies will suffer, whether its understaffed federal prisons, longer lines at the airport for screenings of TSA, or even people waiting to get their social security benefits.

He says the list goes on.

"Clearly with a freeze with federal employee hiring, you will see a slow down in the ability of the government to deliver services people want and need."

One industry the Eastern Shore relies on which could be affected is the agriculture industry.

Jessica Flores is an agriculture educator for the University of Maryland Extension and she says although we will see no changes right now, there is a possibility in the near future

"Down the road in a year or two you could potentially see continued slim support as far as staffing for NRCS, those natural resource conservation programs to have those conservation plans written for our farmers," says Flores.

Although, Flores remains hopeful that the agriculture industry will see improvements.

"The ag industry has been promised that its going to receive support and efforts from the new administration, so there is some positive light there but just like everybody else we will just have to wait and see how things pan out."

Meanwhile, the AFGE plans on fighting this right away, lobbying members of Congress to reverse this order.

President Trump also signed two other memoranda Monday morning. One removing the U.S. from the Trans Pacific Partnership and the other reinstating the Mexico City policy on abortion funding.

SOURCE: WMDT