Government Union Opposes Closing Outdated Offices

John Ransom
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Posted: Dec 03, 2014 11:00 AM
Government Union Opposes Closing Outdated Offices

Some Social Security Administration employees supported by the American Federation of government employees are upset because the administration is closing field offices nation wide. The agency says that the field office closures are necessitated by the move to online administration, but some experts supported by the American Federation of government employees are taking exception to that characterization. A new poll from Public Policy Polling, a Democrat polling outfit says that a majority of voters want field offices to remain open.

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