If you believe that many of America’s Federal workers are overpaid and under-competent, then prepare to be annoyed by an ambitious propaganda campaign by the Nation’s largest Federal employees’ union.
The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) released a video Wednesday on behalf of the more than 650,000 Federal workers it represents. The message: Government employees are just like you folks in the private sector, stop being so mean about all of the things they don’t do so well.
“They’re our friends, family, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, and they work around the corner, on main street, in our neighborhoods, and in the communities we call home,” the video says.
“They are Americans. They are you. They are AFGE.”
The AFGE plans to release new videos every three weeks to improve the image of Federal workers by highlighting their roles “caring for veterans, processing Social Security checks, researching cures for deadly diseases, cleaning up hazardous waste, guarding our nation’s prisons and ensuring the safety of the flying public.”
“The goal of this campaign is to break down the stereotypes that some folks have about federal employees and the federal government, and highlight all the great work that federal employees are doing,” AFGE President David Cox said of the effort. “The best way to do this is through federal employees’ own voices.”
The campaign comes on the heels of President Obama’s recent push to increase pay for Federal employees.