A bicameral but uni-partisan parade of legislators rallied with federal employees outside the Capitol on Thursday in a vigorous display of support for their pay, benefits and jobs.
Seven representatives and one senator joined members of the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) in an enthusiastic demand for fair pay, fair play and respect.
“In times of change and in times of transition, when everyone at the top is either coming or going, you are the people who keep our great country running, protecting our citizens and safeguarding our nation, never missing a beat,” NTEU President Tony Reardon said.
Bundled against a cold wind, cheering union members held handmade signs with slogans such as “Proud Federal Employees” and “Like Clean Air & Water? Thank an EPA Employee.”
Passion was abundant. Power, though, was not.