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An Ad Blitz to Protect Pay

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Viewers of the Sunday talk shows this weekend can expect to witness the opening salvo in an ad campaign rushed out during budget season by the American Federation of Government Employees. The 30-second spot to air on ABC and CBS (and again Monday and Tuesday on CNN, Fox and MSNBC) features three federal employees imploring Republicans in Congress who would cut federal pay to “explain it to me.”

“I earn less than $45,000 a year. Explain it to me, GOP, how cutting my pay creates jobs,” says Paul Hoban of AFGE Local 1647, which represents employees at Tobyhanna Army Depot in Pennsylvania.

“Twelve percent of the salary I earn caring for veterans goes to my retirement. Explain it to me, GOP, how cutting my retirement puts people to work,” says Teresa Capecchi of AFGE Local 3669, which represents nurses at Minnesota VA Hospitals.

The ads are also timed to air in the run-up to AFGE’s annual legislative conference planned for Feb. 12-15 in Washington.

View the ad below:

Charlie Clark joined Government Executive in the fall of 2009. He has been on staff at The Washington Post, Congressional Quarterly, National Journal, Time-Life Books, Tax Analysts, the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, and the National Center on Education and the Economy. He has written or edited online news, daily news stories, long features, wire copy, magazines, books and organizational media strategies.

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