Up to 875,000 federal workers may experience mandatory unpaid leave for one day per week thanks to sequestration, resulting in a 20 percent pay cut for 22 weeks beginning April 1. But the union that represents federal workers is vowing to get that pay. National Federation of Federal Employees spokesperson Cory Byrthrow threatens that the powerful union will “absolutely fight for back pay in the event of a furlough.”

As the New York Post recognizes, that would negate the spending reductions.

America’s debt is real, and we need to reduce government spending. Otherwise, we will see dramatically slower growth and a permanently smaller economy. What does this mean for Americans (federal union workers included)? A lower standard of living and fewer jobs.

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