Why NTEU Supports Beto O’Rourke in His Senate Race

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David Arvelo and Beto O’Rourke after a run in Dallas
David Arvelo and Beto O’Rourke after a run in Dallas

NTEU is supporting Texas Representative Beto O’Rourke in his Senate race. O’Rourke was elected to the House of Representatives in 2012 and currently serves on the Armed Services and Veterans Affairs Committees, where he has been active on federal employee issues.

Rep O’Rourke tweeted the following statement on the labor movement:

“At a time when unions are under attack, let’s not forget that they are the backbone of our workforce. Critical to bringing more Texans into better, higher paying jobs. Essential to making our communities, businesses, and economy stronger.”

He’s got our back…

Our Pay

  • Voted to oppose slashing federal employee salaries by 10%.

Our Retirement and Health Care

  • Voted against $32 billion in cuts to federal employee and retiree pensions and health care.

Our Workplace Rights

  • Voted against more than doubling the probationary period for newly-hired federal employees.

Agency Funding

  • Sponsoring a bipartisan bill to increase the number of CBP Officers, CBP Agriculture Specialists and CBP frontline support staff to enhance security and commerce at ports of entry.
  • Voted against a funding bill that woefully underfunded many NTEU-represented agencies, including the IRS and HHS.

Since 2016, Representative Beto O’Rourke has voted with NTEU 96% of the time.

There are many salient issues to consider when supporting a candidate, but NTEU focuses on one thing: are they ‘walking the walk’ or ‘talking the talk’ of standing up for federal employees. More specifically, NTEU looked for proven track records or promises to protect our pay, pensions, health care, and workplace rights. Many of these individuals have also attended NTEU events around the country and listened to NTEU members share their stories.

In the Senate, the magic number for legislation is 60. A total of 60 senators, who believe in the good work of federal employees, have the ability to protect the federal workforce against harmful policies.

The November 6 midterm elections are right around the corner. Members, please check out who else NTEU is endorsing in your local competitive congressional races.

Author: chapterpresident

I have worked in the FDA since 1990 in a variety of positions. I currently serve as chapter president of NTEU Chapter 254, representing FDA employees in Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah.