In an effort to bring attention to the anti-worker, anti-middle class policies of House Majority Leader Representative Eric Cantor (R-VA) and Representative Tim Scott (R-SC), dozens of American Federation of Governments Employees (AFGE) members protested outside of the district offices of the representatives this week.
Both groups were met by Tea Party activists.
At the Richmond rally, outside of Representative’s Cantor’s office, activists were joined by Philthy(sp) and Mega(sp) Rich who presented Representative Cantor with a PAC donation.
In Charleston, S.C., Representative Scott appeared about an hour into the rally. After meeting with his supporters, Scott came over to meet with demonstrators. AFGE National President John Gage vigorously debated with the congressman over his bill to strip federal employees of the ability to have union dues automatically deducted from their paychecks. Joining National President Gage was AFGE’s Fifth District Vice President Everette Kelly, fellow AFL-CIO members including the South Carolina State Council, the International Association of Firefighters, the International Longshoremen’s Association, and AFGE members from Charleston’s Air Force Base and Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort. Jobs with Justice also came out to support working Americans. Activists were energized by the event and vowed to continue to fight on behalf of all federal employees.
Rep. Cantor has voted to send 10 percent of all federal workers to the unemployment line, (over 30,000 in Virginia alone ) and freeze pay for the 10,000 federal workers in his district, and over 300,000 in the state, for five years. He also supports legislation to give massive tax breaks to corporations and make it harder for workers to join a union.
Rep. Scott voted to send 15 percent of all federal workers to the unemployment line, cut five percent of Defense Department civilian jobs (including 500 jobs in the Charleston area alone) and freeze pay for the 9,000 federal workers in his district for five years. For more information go to www.afge.org or email [email protected].