A government employees union is blasting Mitt Romney’s list of “unfair” government spending after the presumptive Republican presidential nominee complained that government workers get “better pay and benefits than the taxpayers they serve.”
“You know what’s really unfair? The specter of having a new boss who thinks so little about the work that you do that he can’t bother getting his facts straight,” John Gage, national president of the American Federation of Government Employees, said in a letter he fired off Thursday.
Mr. Gage said federal workers’ pay has been frozen for two years and said they are suffering the same rising health care costs other workers face. He said government workers have access to a “modest” pension but said the chief problem is that the private sector doesn’t offer those same benefits.
He said the median federal salary — at slightly less than $70,000 — puts federal workers solidly in the middle class.
On Tuesday, as he delivered his victory speech after another round of primary victories, Mr. Romney took aim at the federal work force.
“We will stop the unfairness of government workers getting better pay and benefits than the taxpayers they serve,” Mr. Romney said, adding that to his list of other “unfair” situations including “requiring union workers to contribute to politicians not of their choosing.”