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. 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)
Linda Mason, who works in the New Brunswick, N.J.office 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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