I work for an elected state government office. Yesterday was the last day for most of the 58 people who were not retained by the incoming administration. Almost all of these appointees were not kept because the office is changing political parties as well. In my 33 years, it was ever thus.
The difference this time is how far down into the ranks of the exempt/unclassified the purge went. The usual procedure is to replace the directors and their assistants, along with those who voluntarily leave because of the change in parties. That would entail a change of two dozen or so at the most. It would appear the newbies have a different idea/agenda regarding policy and personnel matters.
There were a slew of "farewell and thank you" e-mails sent to the Everyone Distribution Group yesterday; some of them were from people I had actually met!
One of the (very) few benefits about being a (forced) member of a union is that we are not subject to the culling of the herd that occurs when a new person takes over. For about half of my tenure that was not the case; we were subject to dismissal at, literally, the boss' whim. It was something I saw happen a few times.
Nowadays, if they want to get rid of us union scum they really have to work at it!