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***This information should not be downloaded using government equipment, read during duty time or sent to others using government equipment. Do not circulate at the worksite.***

AFGE National President John Gage today fired off a letter to former Governor Mitt Romney, calling him to task for making disparaging remarks about federal workers.

After his latest round of primary victories on Tuesday, Governor Romney delivered what Fox News dubbed a “killer speech” in which he derided the “unfairness of government workers getting better pay and benefits than the taxpayers they serve.”

In a blistering response, President Gage called Romney’s comment “ridiculous and patently false” and went on to scold the governor for scapegoating federal employees “while corporate executives benefit from record profits and outrageous tax loopholes.”

So yes, Governor Romney, we do need to “stop the unfairness” – the unfairness of politicians spreading false claims as facts and tarnishing the image of government workers to score political points.

As President Gage points out, more than half of all federal employees earn less than $70,000 a year, and one-fourth earn less than $50,000. Federal employees have had their pay frozen for two consecutive years, have suffered from rising health care costs and have experienced the same challenges as other middle-class families during these difficult economic times.

Federal employees have worked diligently to serve the American people during these difficult times, despite the persistent prospect of government shutdowns and the loss of their jobs due to agency budget cuts.

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