Drain the Swamp?

‘Drain the Swamp’? Federal Workers worried about Trump Plan – Chicago Tribune. Nov. 28, 2016. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-drain-the-swamp-donald-trump-20161128-story.html

…”Greg Guthrie, an information specialist with the National Technical Information Service in Alexandria, Virginia, said that after the initial shock of Trump’s win, he has adopted a “cautiously optimistic” stance. Trump won as a champion of the working class, he reasoned, and he hopes Trump will advocate for the federal working class as well as the private sector.

Guthrie’s co-workers are sympathetic to technology’s disruption of the labor force, he said. The NTIS provides reports and research to a variety of customers. Internet search engines now fill some of that role, prompting senators to introduce the “Let Me Google That For You Act” in 2014 to kill the NTIS. But Guthrie said his agency has reinvented itself and now helps government agencies use big data.

Guthrie said federal workers can adapt when given the opportunity.

“I don’t like some of the terms I’m hearing, like ‘drain the swamp,'” said Guthrie, also an officer in his union. “Sometimes it’s couched as we’re these lazy, unnecessary relics. That’s not true. We’re people who work hard.”…

About oklahomafed

Greg Guthrie has held positions at the Library of Congress and the World Bank, taught the course ‘Environmental Issues in the Mediterranean” at Georgetown University where he wrote his thesis: “Labor Unions: Champions of Social Justice”, which has been cited, among others, in Labor Law Journal, and in the book ‘ American Labor: A Documentary Collection’ Ed. by Melvyn Dubofsky and Joseph A. McCartin. Palgrave Macmillan, 2004. Currently, he is with the National Technical Information Service (NTIS) of the US Department of Commerce. He has been a guest on the radio program, Georgetown University Forum, where he has spoken on the virtues of Organized Labor. He is a native Oklahoman.
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