Department of Housing and Urban Development equal opportunity specialist Sajid Shahriar ’16 has been invited by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) to President Trump’s February 5 State of the Union address.
“Sajid has devoted his career to fighting for fair housing, equal pay, the dignity of all work, and strong collective bargaining rights for workers across this country,” Warren’s office said in a news release.
“I’m glad Sajid will be joining me for the State of the Union and represent federal and contract workers across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the country, many of whom were forced to go without pay for as many as 35 days as a result of the government shutdown,” Senator Warren added. “It’s time to send a message to President Trump and Senate Republicans: Federal and contract workers are the backbone of our economy and their livelihoods should never be used as pawns in Republican political games.”
Boston-based, Shahriar, who was furloughed during the recent government shutdown, is the executive vice president of the American Federation of Government Employees Local 3258 and a board member of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO.
“I’m humbled and honored…that I will be representing federal workers at the State of the Union as the guest of US Senator Elizabeth Warren. Thank you to the Senator for continuing to raise the stories of federal workers and the people we serve, and for recognizing the importance of our AFGE union rights,” Shahriar said.
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