Pretty interesting…glad AFGE is defending federal service
AFGE CHALLENGES ATTACKS AGAINST FEDERAL WORKFORCE, PROMOTES PUBLIC
Nation’s Largest Federal Employee Union Launches Good Government
(WASHINGTON) – The American Federation of Government Employees, which
represents 600,000 workers in 75 different federal and DC government
agencies, today, launched a nationwide radio ad campaign reminding
listeners of how many areas of their lives are served by government
The 60 second radio spot features John Gage, AFGE national president,
along with several AFGE members who work in the Bureau of Prisons, the
Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Social Security Administration.
Over the past 18 months there has been a real push by some politicians
and media talking heads to demonize federal employees. That kind of
recklessness speech has fueled a dangerous atmosphere targeting federal
workers,” said Gage. “In reality, federal workers provide many of the
services that highlight America’s greatness.
The ad is an attempt by the union to humanize federal workers, who have
frequently been scapegoated for the nation’s fiscal problems. “Whenever
there is a fiscal crunch there are always those who hastily call for a
reduction of federal employees,” said Gage. “We want people to know what
those irresponsible ploys really mean. They mean reductions in social
security for our seniors. They mean reduced services for our veterans.
And, they mean fewer guards at our federal prisons. The men and women of
the federal service are not nameless, faceless bureaucrats. They’re what
hold our nation together.”
Far too often, the narrative of federal service is dictated by those
whose political disposition is to destroy it or weaken it beyond
recognition. AFGE has launched this campaign to confront that message.
“As the voice of so many federal workers, it is our responsibility to
bring some clarity,” said Gage. “Now more than ever, our nation needs
responsible, sober-minded federal professionals and a quality government
that is responsive to the needs of the American people.”
The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) is the largest
federal employee union, representing 600,000 workers in the federal
government and the government of the District of Columbia.