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Federal Employees Union Announces Endorsement of Senator Barack Obama for President of the United States

Thursday, September 18, 2008
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Randy Erwin, Legislative Director

Phone: (202) 257-0948

 

Washington, D.C. – The National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE), a union representing 100,000 federal government workers nationwide, enthusiastically endorses Senator Barack Obama for President of the United States of America.

 

The decision came late Wednesday afternoon, as NFFE’s National Executive Council voted unanimously to endorse the Senator from Illinois. Citing his strong record of advocacy for federal workers, the Council came to a decision to endorse Senator Obama after months of maintaining a neutral stance in the 2008 campaign.

 

“There is simply too much at stake in this election for federal workers to stay on the sidelines,” said Richard N. Brown, National President of the National Federation of Federal Employees. “In the face of a rapidly eroding economy and a Republican candidate with a professed lack of support for federal employees, we are ready and eager to fight for positive change in the White House.” 

 

During his time in the Senate, Obama has shown great leadership in facing down the key issues that matter most to federal employees and their families. A stalwart supporter of improving federal employee health benefits, funding critical agencies like the VA and DoD, protecting collective bargaining rights, and ending no-bid government contracts, Senator Obama has shown he is ready and able to serve as the Chief Executive of the United States.

 

“Senator Obama has demonstrated, in both his words and deeds, a profound respect for civil servants and the vital role they play in making our government work for America every day,” said Brown. “We offer our undivided and enthusiastic support, and will do whatever it takes to make sure that Barack Obama is the next President of this great nation.”

 

“There are 2 million federal workers in this country – and they vote,” said Brown.

 

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Established in 1917, the National Federation of Federal Employees is the oldest union representing civil service federal employees.  NFFE currently represents 100,000 federal employees government-wide.  NFFE is affiliated with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.

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