National Federation of Federal Employees Endorses Barack Obama for President of the United StatesWednesday, October 3, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Cory Bythrow, Communications Director
Phone: (202) 255-9950
Portland, OR – Today, the National Federation of Federal Employees, a national union representing 110,000 federal employees in 40 separate departments and agencies, is proud to announce its endorsement of Barack Obama for President of the United States of America. The endorsement was announced at the union’s quadrennial convention.
For nearly four years, President Obama has consistently demonstrated a deep respect and admiration for the work federal employees perform every day for the benefit of their fellow Americans. Through his words and more importantly, his actions, Obama has been a proactive leader on key federal worker issues. In this short time he has extended health insurance benefits to thousands of wildland firefighters, established partnership forums to improve labor-management relations and government services, signed a law extending retirement credit for unused sick leave, and penned into law a bill granting flags to the families of federal workers killed in the line of duty, among others.
“President Obama is a friend of the federal employee, no question,” said NFFE National President William R. Dougan. “At a fundamental level, the President understands the contributions federal employees make to our nation’s greatness. He and his Administration have opened doors to federal employees that were previously closed under the last Administration, and federal employees are better off because of it.”
The endorsement comes at a critical juncture for the federal workforce as shrinking budgets, looming sequestration cuts, and an extended pay freeze begin to weigh down on employees and government agencies. Statements made in recent months are telling as to which presidential candidate has federal workers’ best interest at heart. Whereas President Obama has said “a permanent federal pay freeze is neither sustainable nor desirable,” his opponent has called for cutting 200,000 federal jobs through attrition and reducing federal employee compensation.
“This endorsement is less about the past four years than it is about the future,” said Dougan. “Federal employees have a choice between two fundamentally different visions of the government’s role in American life. President Obama envisions a vibrant federal workforce capable of delivering vital services to the taxpayers. His opponent, meanwhile, has called for little more than job cuts, pay cuts, and benefit cuts. The choice is clear – President Obama is the candidate for federal employees.”
Though substantial progress has been made during the current Administration, there are still some disagreements that must be addressed. The President’s pay freeze, though tamer than the opposition party’s proposals, has caused immense hardship for federal workers and their families. The President must keep true to his commitment to end the federal pay freeze and grant federal workers the modest pay adjustment they have earned.
“NFFE is not in the business of supporting Democrats over Republicans, or vice versa,” said Dougan. “We support candidates who support federal employees and their mission. Though we haven’t always seen eye to eye with the President, we know he is the man for job. We fully endorse his candidacy for President of the United States.”