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Federal Workers to Congress: Leave Us Out of Deficit Deal

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National Journal

The Federal-Postal Coalition — a group representing more than two dozen federal employee unions — pleaded with Congress on Monday to spare their members in any deal related to the “fiscal cliff.”

Federal workers, the coalition wrote in a letter, have contributed more than their fair share toward reducing the debt and are the only group that has been targeted so heavily.

“Federal and postal employees and their families are hardworking, middle-class Americans who are struggling during these tough times just like other Americans,” the group wrote. “No other group has been asked to financially contribute the way they have, and it is time our nation’s leaders found other ways to reduce the deficit than continually taking from those who have dedicated their lives to public service.”

According to the coalition, federal employees have funded $60 billion in budget savings in 2011 and 2012 as a result of their ongoing pay freeze and an additional $28 billion in savings will be derived from the freeze extension through March 2013.

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  1. Claudia

    November 21st, 2012

    “Federal workers have contributed more than their fair share toward reducing the debt”

    Crap on that! Half of them could be fired and no one would notice! (because they are so worthless)

    I wonder if anyone has done a study of how many added Federal workers there have been since the Odumbo regime…

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  2. Irish

    November 21st, 2012

    I would ask how many of the federal workers voted for Obama in 2008 and again in 2012

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  3. FreeMan & Sarah Intend to Defend

    November 21st, 2012

    Yeah, and leave me out too.

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  4. Mr.Gates

    November 21st, 2012

    Ban all public sector unions. Fire the extra staff they keep loafing around all year just to meet the Christmas rush. Send all your Christmas packages by private carrier.

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  5. mkultra

    November 21st, 2012

    Parasites sure aren’t the most self-aware creatures. Are they.

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  6. Unneutral

    November 21st, 2012

    Boo f**king hoo the poor public unions.

    The very unions that argue contracts without public representation.

    I damn near give a shit.

    They’re worse than Al-Qaeda ’cause they’re doing much more damage to America than the Taliban.

    Piss be upon all of them.

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  7. Ten Megaton

    November 21st, 2012

    Just how many federal employee unions are there and why?
    And there goes that “fairness” bullshit again. Sigh

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  8. serfer62

    November 21st, 2012

    “Federal workers have contributed more than their fair share toward reducing the debt”

    And where did the money to pay “…their fair share come from?.

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  9. Tony R

    November 21st, 2012

    And besides, minorities are disproportionately represented in the federal workforce, so they should be immune from any layoffs, right?

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  10. FreeMan & Sarah Intend to Defend

    November 21st, 2012

    I hope they all pay through the nose for all the help they gave us this time around.

    T H A N K S

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  11. John

    November 21st, 2012

    This is almost like that first-term meeting with the bankers where Obama said he was the only thing standing between them and the pitchforks. Except this time, he’s standing between these government leeches and ordinary citizens that won’t take it anymore.

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  12. Rick

    November 22nd, 2012

    “Federal and postal employees and their families are hardworking, middle-class Americans who are struggling during these tough times just like other Americans,” the group wrote. “No other group has been asked to financially contribute the way they have, and it is time our nation’s leaders found other ways to reduce the deficit than continually taking from those who have dedicated their lives to public service.”

    Tell it to the Marines.

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  13. Tim

    November 22nd, 2012

    I spent 36 years as a Federal Employee (Plumber) and I can assure everyone, if the agency I worked for is indicative, that roughly 35-50% of the employees actually do work.

    Which is roughly equivalent to any large union shop, like the Phone Company, Electric Company, &c.

    And is prolly a larger percentage than multi-national white collar outfits, like defence contractors, banks, advertisers, &c.

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  14. Mz McHorsey

    November 26th, 2012

    @Irish…..adding one question to yours about federal workers voting in 2008 and 2012 for Obama….And how many times did each one vote?

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