Hanabusa Addresses IFPTE Conference

Mar 12, 2013 Issues: Jobs and Economy

Washington D.C. – U.S. Representative Colleen Hanabusa (HI-01) today addressed the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE) Legislative Conference in Washington D.C., expressing support for federal workers in light of ongoing budget challenges.

“The only way to strengthen the middle class is to narrow the gap between the top one percent and the other ninety-nine percent,” Hanabusa said, “and keep wages up for middle class jobs.  Federal employees are a clear example of that middle class, and it is vital that we preserve these critical jobs rather than ask you to continually sacrifice.”

Hanabusa also reiterated that sequestration is a poor solution to reducing the federal budget.

“Sequestration was never a policy that was intended to be implemented,” she said. “It was supposed to be a sword hanging over the head of Congress to force us to act, a threat that would break the logjam and lead to a bipartisan solution. Now Congress owes it to all of you to find a way to cancel this failed strategy. Congressional leaders should not be allowed to pass that pain on to you.”

Support for federal employees is also vital to maintaining the capabilities of the government, according to Hanabusa.

“Congress should be focusing on making the federal government an employer of choice. Our country needs the best and brightest working for it.  We call upon you, time and again, to provide the services that allow our government to operate and serve our citizens in countless, vital ways. You have earned the respect due all good employees, the security that comes with effective service, and the compensation that reflects your value.”

The International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE), AFL-CIO & CLC, is a labor union advocating on behalf of more than 80,000 women and men in professional, technical, administrative and associated occupations in the United States and Canada. Its members are employed by federal, public and private employers.

The IFPTE 2013 Legislative Advocacy Week is being held March 11th through 15th in Washington, DC. The week focuses on policy and legislation critical to the interests IFPTE’s membership.

For photos from the speech, click on the link: http://on.fb.me/Zxs76o