EPA Union Members Held Signs for ‘Resistance’ at Rally

Workers encouraged to attend another rally to 'save the environment'

A woman holds a placard reading 'Resist'
A woman holds a placard reading 'Resist' / Getty Images
• March 15, 2017 3:00 pm


Environmental Protection Agency employees are being encouraged to attend another "resist" rally by two agency unions.

The National Treasury Employees Union Chapter 280, which represents roughly 1,700 EPA workers, sent an email to employees inviting them to attend a rally Wednesday outside of EPA headquarters to "save the environment."

The union teamed up with the liberal environmentalist group the Sierra Club to host the rally. The Sierra Club has called EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, the former attorney general of Oklahoma, "unfit" to lead the agency. The Sierra Club website states the need to "fight back against Trump," and "protect our planet from Trump."

"Our sister union, [American Federation of Government Employees] AFGE Local 3331, is jointly sponsoring a rally to save the environment with the Sierra Club outside EPA Headquarters," the NTEU said in an email to EPA employees. "NTEU is supporting AFGE in this rally and encourages you to use your lunch time to attend."

A flyer advertising the protest states, "EPA employees save American lives."

"Spread the word and prepare now," the AFGE union said. "Start making signs—get your AFGE shirts ready—invite family, friends, church, neighbors."

The AFGE union represents 3,000 EPA employees, making it the largest bargaining unit for the agency.

The NTEU union encouraged EPA employees to attend another protest last month on Capitol Hill to rally for "respect."

Photos from the rally posted to the NTEU website show EPA union members holding signs about the "resistance" against the Trump administration.

"Our members rallied on the U.S. Capitol grounds with other NTEU chapter," the NTEU said.

"First they came 4 CPA, then they came 4 EPA, and we say… RESIST! #NTEU" one sign said.

Other signs held during the last rally included "EPA jobs = public health" and "Science Matters."