Retired local federal employees react to President Trump's federal job freeze

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MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - President Trump recently signed three executive actions, one of which put a freeze on federal job hiring.

This was done in an effort to cut government payrolls, but some are questioning whether or not this plan will work. Today, we talked to members of Marquette’s chapter of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association.

“It has happened before, but in large part, my understanding is, it never saves the government money,” said Dale Ollila, NARFE Chapter 1900 President. “It ends up costing them money because we're not overloaded with people. We really aren't. The office I worked for had four positions and still now they need to fill, and they won't fill and so the other people have to cover for those individuals.”

Members stated that they have experienced freezes under both Nixon and Reagan.