NTEU Objects to Administration Order to Cancel Diversity Training
In a series of actions, the administration has attacked diversity training at federal agencies and threatened punitive measures against employees who organize such training. The latest came Friday when the Office of Personnel Management issued a memo to agencies stating that “OPM must review and approve training materials before they are used, even if those materials have been utilized in the past.”
NTEU strongly disagrees with the decision to suspend all diversity training and will continue to challenge these actions. "Holding these discussions in federal workplaces is not just the right thing to do, it is necessary and essential, "said National President Tony Reardon. "Dignity and respect for federal employees is our mission, and it should be the administration’s as well." Read more
Reardon Pens Op-Ed on Cancelation of Diversity Training
In an op-ed published Friday by Government Executive, National President Tony Reardon criticized the recently issued executive order to cancel diversity training and called for the president to rescind it. Ignoring systemic racism is the wrong direction for our country and the federal workforce, he wrote.
“Any guidance on how employees can better understand and respect their coworkers of different races, genders, sexual orientations, nationalities or religious beliefs is a sign of progress in a civilized society, not a threat to it,” said Reardon. “Our union believes it is completely appropriate to make sure that all federal employees are trained to serve the taxpayers and each other fairly and respectfully.” Read the op-ed