George W., Union Bosses Team Up To Ask Obama For A Raise
Government unions have been asking President Barack Obama for a raise for a long time, and they may have finally found an ally in The White House– only he vacated it in 2008.
Former President George W. Bush joined Obama and members of the American Federation of Government Employees to commemorate the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday” in Alabama, where American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) National President David J. Cox took the opportunity to personally ask the president for more money.
“Boss man, it’s time for a raise,” Cox said he told Obama. Cox thanked Obama for funding the Department of Homeland Security, though he said those employees deserve a raise after five years of no — or low — increases.
After pitching his pay increases to the president, Cox thanked Bush for pardoning two former Border Patrol agents imprisoned for shooting a convicted Mexican drug runner, before leaving office.
“I believe this is the first time AFGE has ever thanked me for anything,” Bush said. He then looked to Obama and said “give these guys a raise.”
Obama quipped back, “This is the second time they asked me for a raise today.”
In his proposed 2016 budget, Obama reccomended a 1.3 percent raise for all federal employees, but the AFGE is not happy with that number, arguing that the raise doesn’t come close to meeting the promises he made in his State of the Union address.
“Let’s be real – a 1.3 percent pay raise will be eaten up by higher costs for groceries, health care and other essentials,” Cox said in a statement.
This isn’t the first time Obama stiffed the government union. In 2014 and 2015, he gave them a 1 percent increase, and a pay freeze in the three previous years.
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