Labor secretary says government employees are ‘linchpin of the American middle class’

EAG News –

CHICAGO – If you had any question about the pro-government orientation of the Obama administration, here is a clue.


Labor Secretary Thomas Perez was a keynote speaker at the national convention of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), and declared:

I’ve now spent about 25 years in government service. I was a career attorney in the Justice Department for a decade. I was an elected official at the county level. I ran a state agency. I’ve worked shoulder-to-shoulder throughout my career with proud and dedicated AFSCME members. I know firsthand about the sacrifices you make, about your devotion to public service, about your contribution to the common good.

And that’s why I’m fighting so hard for all of you. That’s why President Obama is fighting so hard for all of you. We know that public employees — and the labor movement more broadly — are the linchpin of the American middle class. We know that it’s you — our nurses, corrections officers, home care workers, EMTs, child care providers, sanitation workers and more — that keep America strong.

Government employees are the “linchpin of the middle class”?

According to statistics from the federal government, there are 22 million employees in all levels of government. Overall, government employees make up 15.3 percent of the workforce.

Other stats, also provided by the feds, tell us there are 54.4 million people working for small businesses in the private sector.

But Perez wasn’t finished.

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