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Largest Federal Employee Union Denounces Obama Administration Proposal to Freeze Pay

Listen  here to National President John Gage’s press conference denouncing the pay freeze.

The American Federation of Government Employees today decried President Obama’s proposal to freeze pay for federal civilian employees in 2011 and 2012. 

 “This proposal is a superficial panic reaction to the draconian cuts the deficit commission will recommend,” stated AFGE National President John Gage.  “A federal pay freeze saves peanuts at best and, while he may mean it as just a public relations gesture, this is no time for political scapegoating.  The American people didn’t vote to stick it to a VA nursing assistant making $28,000 a year or a border patrol agent earning $34,000 per year.

 “President Obama asks federal workers to share the sacrifice, but it’s unconscionable for him to attack the wages of federal working people while the millionaires and billionaires on Wall Street not only get their bailouts and astronomical bonuses; they also get their tax cuts,” concluded Gage.


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.

2 Responses

  1. Congressmen,
    I disagree with the pay freeze, mainly because government employees make less than industrial workers and in my situation, I protect their well-being and lives on a daily basis.
    Thanks, Roy

  2. There is no surprise that we feds always are the scapegoats as usual. We especially, who work at the high profile agencies get kicked the hardest.

    Consumer prices will surely rise while we are stuck in a political quicksand.

    The scenario is always the same when the GOP has the reins.

    We have to win in 2012.

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