National Federation of Federal Employees Endorses Sen. John F. Kerry for President

Sunday, August 10, 2003

Contact:  Randy Erwin   (202) 216-4451 (office)   (202) 898-1866 (fax)  


Washington, D.C.—The nation's oldest union exclusively representing civil service federal employees, the National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE), announced today its endorsement for the candidacy of Sen. John F. Kerry of Massachusetts for President of the United States. 


"Senator Kerry has consistently supported the interests and needs of federal sector employees during his 22-year political career," said NFFE National President Richard N. Brown.  "We are proud to offer Senator Kerry our full support." 


While the Bush administration has attempted to dismantle the federal government by under-funding the civil service and outsourcing federal jobs, Kerry has vowed to protect the federal workforce and strengthen workers' rights.  Pledging to fight the current outsourcing of federal jobs, Sen. Kerry told federal workers: "You do more for less, and you do it better than anyone else.  You keep America running."


More specifically, Senator Kerry opposed the Bush administration's attempt to strip millions of middle-class Americans of their right to overtime pay through efforts to rewrite overtime regulations.  He also supports mandatory funding at sufficient levels for veterans' health care and the "rights of workers to form and join unions, including federal employees." 


"At this juncture it is absolutely critical that we elect a President who gives federal workers the dignity and respect that they deserve.  We know Senator Kerry is that candidate, and we will work to make sure he is the next President of the United States,"said Brown.


NFFE represents approximately 100,000 federal workers from a wide variety of government agencies, with strong membership located in Forest Service, Park Service, Passport Agency, VA, DOT, GSA, and DOD installations.

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