Celebrated the first full week of May since 1985, Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW) is a time set aside each year to honor the men and women who serve our nation as federal, state, county, and local government employees. Throughout the country, elected officials, agency leaders, and public service organizations participate in PSRW by issuing proclamations, hosting award ceremonies and special tribute events, and delivering messages about the value of public service.
On May 3rd, President Trump issued a proclamation for PSRW, expressing gratitude for civil servants and noting that their daily effort keeps our government functioning and helps make our nation exceptional.
That same day, the U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan resolution, S. Res. 153, introduced by Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) and 20 cosponsors, expressing the sense of the Senate that, during PSRW, public servants should be commended for their dedication and continued service to the United States. The resolution detailed the numerous contributions made by government employees and members of the uniformed services and recognized them for their unyielding dedication to, and enthusiasm for, public service.
Today, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) will introduce a resolution supporting the federal workforce and noting that “federal employees have been steadfast in accomplishing their indispensable missions, critical to the lives and well-being of the people of the United States, during the ‘Great Recession’ and recovery, hiring freezes, pay freezes, and sequestration under which as many as 1,000,000 Federal employees face the possibility of furlough days.”
NTEU National President Tony Reardon and I join our nation’s leaders and thank you once again for your dedication and service to our country.