One Reason GOP Loves the Sequester: It Punishes Union Workers
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The study found that in 33 of 35 occupations, the government actually paid billions of dollars more to hire contractors than it would have cost government employees to perform comparable services. On average, the study found that contractors charged the federal government more than twice the amount it pays federal workers.
I asked Cox, the union president, if he viewed the sequester as a war on government workers.
“[W]e do believe that it’s a war on federal employees,” Cox replied. "It’s not necessarily a war on spending government resources. It’s just a war on having federal employees to do the work.”
* Full disclosure: the author worked for AFGE from September 2001 to November 2005.