A frame from the NTEU's video on the value of federal employees. ()
Would life would be better without federal employees?
A new video poses that question rhetorically, but leaves the viewer with a distinct impression the answer is no. The video is just part of the National Treasury Employees Union’s new campaign to showcase the importance of federal workers, according to an announcement Feb. 12.
Colleen Kelley, national president of the NTEU, said in a conference call with reporters that the union had created 30 and 60 second videos starring federal employees to help remind Americans about the role federal employees play in their lives.
She said the videos were to help counter a blitz of attacks on federal employees and to push Americans to think about the work federal employees do instead of stereotyping.
“We think that this downward spiral has got to stop,” Kelley said. Many Americans realized how important federal employees are only during the shutdown in October.
The awareness campaign also comes with a website – Theyworkforus.org — that will share news, information and positive stories about federal employees, according to Kelley.
She said the goal of NTEU is to change the conversation around federal employees and to help blunt future attacks on federal pay, benefits and agency funding.
“It asks them to think about what life will be like without federal employees,” Kelley said.