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STATEMENT FROM AFGE NATIONAL PRESIDENT JOHN GAGE ON OCCUPY WALL STREET

As the largest union representing federal and D.C. government workers, we stand in solidarity with the men and women participating in the Occupy Wall Street campaign. Americans across the country are fed up with a political and economic system that continues to benefit global

AFGE made its presence felt at the "Jobs, Not Cuts" rally Oct. 5 in Washington

corporations and the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans at the expense of everyone else. Millions of citizens have lost their jobs, their homes and their life’s savings. They live in despair and fear about how their families will survive.

The middle-class men and women we represent know firsthand what it’s like to sacrifice while millionaires and billionaires avoid paying their fair share. They are VA nurses, border patrol agents, ship builders and aircraft mechanics, Social Security representatives and meat inspectors. Federal employees gave up their pay raises for two years straight – to the tune of $60 billion – and now are being asked to pay more for retirement and health care. Yet Congress won’t even vote on a plan to end corporate welfare and require the wealthiest 1 percent to share the burden that everyone else has been shouldering.

We have been calling on the nation’s leaders to tackle this jobs crisis since the beginning. Our members see the damage being done to Americans as a result of the massive cuts in vital federal programs and services. We need a fair economy and tax system that works for everyone. We are heartened to see the movement for corporate accountability and economic justice taking root on Wall Street and across the country. We are encouraging our members to participate with their voices in this struggle for a better America.

One Response

  1. The time has come for the Democratic Politicans around the country to join the Labor Unions, and the Occupy Wall Street Movement. All of us must unite to continue this fight letting the Republican Party, Tea Party, and the House of Representatives that the Buck Stops Here.
    We must encourage our Latino Brothers and Sisters to join with us as a united front aganist these attacks by Corporate America, the Wealthy, and Republicans. As a united front we can take our country back and again give the working class a voice.
    It is time to use the same tyrannic tactics used aganist us to use these tactics aganist the Republicans and Tea Party. We are all consumers that drive this economy and Corporate America. I urge everyone to support the small businesses in your communities and to boycott the Koch Brother Industries and others.

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