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Posted at 02:44 PM ET, 03/06/2012

Rep. Donald Payne praised by federal unions


Federal union officials were saddened by the death Tuesday of Rep. Donald Payne (D-N.J.). During a period when federal employees feel under attack by a slew of legislative proposals aimed at their pay and benefits, Payne was a consistent friend.

“Rep. Payne served on the Education and the Workforce Committee for
Rep. Donald M. Payne ( D-N.J was the first African American elected to represent New Jersey in Congress. He died Tuesday at age 77. (Mike Derer - Associated Press)
many years and was a strong supporter of all workers’ rights.  He could be counted on to support federal employees,” said Colleen M. Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union. “He will be missed.”

Linda Mason, who works in the New Brunswick, of the American Federation of Government Employees , expressed a similar view: “He was always supportive of the concerns of federal employees whether they resided in his District or not. His voting record with AFGE averaged between 96 percent - 100 percent for his whole career. He was a person who cared about working people. 

“We will miss him.”

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