Tester honoring nations public service workers
Senator introduces measure to designate Public Service Recognition Week, honor ‘unsung heroes’
(U.S. SENATE) – Senator Jon Tester is honoring the country’s public servants for their hard work improving Americans’ quality of life and defending the nation.
Tester today introduced a Senate resolution designating the week of May 4 as Public Service Recognition Week. This week aims to recognize the millions of men and women who work in government by serving in the military, teaching in public schools and universities, and supporting businesses, working families and seniors.
“From our troops and firefighters to teachers and workers at the VA, America’s public servants are tireless and often perform thankless jobs to keep us safe and support our families,” Tester said. “As we work to make government more efficient, we must recognize public employees’ role in strengthening our economy and our quality of life.”
This is the second consecutive year Tester has introduced a measure to designate the first week in May in honor of public servants. Public servants range from federal government employees to state workers to local county or city employees.
Tester, chairman of the Senate subcommittee that oversees the federal workforce, has consistently fought on the behalf of public employees. He recently voted against the Postal Reform Bill that would cut disability benefits for federal employees injured on the job and called on the Office of Personnel Management to give more resources to workers in eastern Montana.
In his role as chairman of the Subcommittee on the Efficiency and Effectiveness of Federal Programs and the Federal Workforce, Tester is also holding a hearing in May that will look at ways to better support federal workers and improve morale in the workplace.
Tester’s Public Service Recognition Week resolution, which is cosponsored by Senators Mark Begich (D-Alaska), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Carl Levin (D-Mich.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), and Mark Warner (D-Va), is available online HERE.