A coalition of unions and federal employee groups are urging lawmakers to reject cost-cutting proposals that harm federal pay and benefits.
A coalition of 21 groups representing five-million federal employees and retirees wrote a letter to OMB and Treasury asking for information about what happens to federal workers if the debt ceiling isn’t raised. NTEU is planning a rally in New York to oppose proposed cuts to federal employees pay and benefits.
Bruce Moyer, spokesman for the Federal-Postal Coalition, joined Your Turn with Mike Causey to discuss the group’s efforts to learn information about what a government default would mean for federal employees. The coalition, made up of scores of federal groups, sent a letter to administration officials last week seeking information about a possible shutdown, federal furloughs and the impact of a default on the assets of the G Fund of the Federal Employees’ Retirement System.
The Federal-Postal Coalition that represents 4.6 million government workers is urging President Barack Obama to preserve federal employees’ pay and benefits when he sends his budget-reduction plan to Congress Monday. Coalition members fear lawmakers’ drive to find funding cuts could harm federal employees.
According to certain twisted history buffs, somebody in April, 1865, asked Mrs. Abraham Lincoln how the liked the play at Ford’s Theater. Federal workers may appreciate the irony of that sick joke later on today, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.
Postal workers and federal employees groups are urging the ”supercommittee” to reject President Barack Obama’s proposed increase in employee retirement contributions and support his cap on contractors’ salaries. The Federal-Postal Coalition also wants lawmakers to preserve Saturday mail delivery, despite USPS’ wishes.
It seems everyone would like to bend the ear of the 12 members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction.
Lawmakers charged with reducing the federal deficit should look to contractors’ compensation rather than reduce government workers’ pay and benefits, a coalition of federal unions and management associations wrote in a letter to supercommittee leaders.
Many in government are worried about the threat of sequestration, the across-the-board budget cuts set to take effect in January unless Congress and the White come up with an alternative deficit-cutting plan. But federal employee groups and sympathetic lawmakers are also concerned about such alternatives — if they contain changes to federal employee pay or compensation. Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and a slate of federal-employee unions and groups are warning of such proposals in the deficit talks to replace sequestration.
A coalition of more than two dozen federal-employee unions and advocacy groups is calling on budget negotiators to come up with a way to undo the across-the-board sequestration budget cuts that are poised to slash agency spending by billions more this year. But following three years of a pay freeze and the recent 16-day government shutdown, the groups are equally adamant that changes to federal employees’ pay and benefits should be off the table.