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NTEU rallies for better pay

Feb. 25, 2014 - 06:00AM   |  
By ANDY MEDICI   |   Comments
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Federal employees and NTEU members rally for improved pay and benefits at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, February 27, 2014. (Mike Morones/Staff) (Mike Morones)
Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., and NTEU members rally for improved pay and benefits at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, February 27, 2014. (Mike Morones/Staff) / Mike Morones
Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., and NTEU members rally for improved pay and benefits at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, February 27, 2014. (Mike Morones/Staff) / Mike Morones

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Federal employees and lawmakers gathered outside the capitol building Feb. 27 to push back against attacks on federal pay and benefits.

NTEU president Colleen Kelley said over the last year federal employees have endured a government shutdown and what she said were “non-stop attacks on pay and benefits” and have suffered from the ongoing effects of sequestration.

“We are going to keep on fighting,” Kelley said.

Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., said many politicians have decided to attack federal employees in order to score political points and discourage people from working in the federal government.

“The time for treating federal employees like a punching bag is long over”

He added in the long run that attacks on federal workers and federal pay will lead to a less prepared and underfunded federal workforce less able to serve the needs of taxpayers.

“They think they are hitting you but they are actually hitting their own constituents.”

Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said Congress passes legislation directing agencies on different missions but does not provide the pay or the benefits to get it done.

He said federal employees have already disproportionately bore the burden of budget cuts and deficit reduction – to the tune of $130 billion.

“If we become not competitive in the job sector Americans will be shortchanged and America will not be the kind of country we want it to be,” Hoyer said.

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