ISN’T THIS A MORE POWERFUL LEAD?
Not long ago a major federal sector union issued a press release about the impact of Trump’s looming anti-federal employee personnel regulations. This was its lead sentence. “The Office of Personnel Management today took another step toward dismantling due process rights for public-sector workers in the federal government.” There is nothing technically wrong with it, but it misses an opportunity to remind Americans just who these anti-employee proposals are going to hurt. It seems to us that a better lead for any union press release focused on Trump’s revenge against federal employee and their unions should read like this. “The Office of Personnel Management today took another step toward dismantling due process rights for the largest group of military veterans and disabled employees in the country—federal employees.” Unions are fighting with at least one arm tied behind their own back by ignoring the benefit of actively allying with organizations representing veteran and disabled employees. They should be proud of feds having not only the most diverse workforce of any sizable employer in the country, but also of being the primary employer of veterans and the disabled.