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NTEU launches Web site to counter ‘false statements’ against federal workers


Upset by “a wide variety of politicians, pundits and think tanks making grand statements and broad assertions about federal government employees,” the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) has launched a Web site to provide a counter view.

“Far too often, these statements will be false,” the union said in a news release Thursday.

The Web site,, is “dedicated to correcting those who are all too willing to bend the truth when it comes to claims about the federal workforce,” NTEU said.

The first assertion on the site is from Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.): “Federal employees on average make a whole lot more than people in the private sector. I think it’s fair to ask federal employees to make a sacrifice as well.”

Click on “learn more,” and up pops the documentation behind the quotation.

Next to the column, labeled “They said what?” with the assertions is a column labeled “Fact.” In the case of the Kyl comment, the “Fact” column points out that federal employes already are making a sacrifice: “Through the current pay freeze, federal employees are already making a $60 billion contribution over 10 years to shrinking our deficit. . .”

A response to a comment from former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential candidate, notes government data indicating that federal employees make, on average, over 26 percent less than their private sector counterparts.

NTEU President Colleen M. Kelley said “I wish a website like this was not necessary, but it is. Far too often, politicians and pundits are willing to sacrifice the truth and federal employees in the name of politics. We need to stand up and call them on their deceptions and distortions.”

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Joe Davidson writes the Federal Diary, a column about federal government and workplace issues that celebrated its 80th birthday in November 2012. Davidson previously was an assistant city editor at The Washington Post and a Washington and foreign correspondent with The Wall Street Journal, where he covered federal agencies and political campaigns.

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