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AFGE Echo's Call to Reject Cuts to Federal Workers Pay Benefits in Budget Deal

  AFGE is echoing a call by 95 members of Congress to oppose further cuts to federal employee pay and benefits as part of any budget negotiations. 

 

  Reps. Gerry Connolly of Virginia, Jamie Raskin of Maryland, and Elijah Cummings of Maryland led 95 members of Congress in urging their fellow lawmakers to reject cutting federal employee pay and benefits to offset increased discretionary spending. 

 

  Congressman Connolly said it’s time for Congress to stop treating federal workers like a piggy bank. 

 

  “Enough is enough. No other group has been asked to sacrifice more towards deficit reduction than our federal workforce. They've endured pay freezes, a shutdown, sequestration, furloughs and benefit cuts. The federal workforce should be thanked for their honorable service, not treated like a piggy bank,” Connolly said. 

 

  In a Dec. 22 letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, lawmakers said additional cuts to federal employee pay and benefits should not be used to offset increased discretionary spending caused by lifting government spending caps. 

 

  “While we agree that a long-term bipartisan budget agreement to lift the devastating sequestration caps is necessary, to finance such an agreement on the backs of middle class federal employees who have dedicated their lives to serving our nation would be wrong under any circumstances,” the letter states. “But to do so, immediately after passing an unpaid-for tax cut that will explode the federal deficit and disproportionately benefit the wealthiest Americans, would be a slap in the face to the hardworking Americans who care for our veterans, process our Social Security checks, and protect our national parks.” 

 

  “Federal employees and retirees have already done their part,” the letter concludes. “It is time to find other ways to reduce the deficit.” 

AFGE Legislative Director Tom Kahn said these lawmakers understand the financial pain and sacrifice that current and retired federal employees have endured in the name of deficit reduction. 

 

  “Federal employees have had their pay and benefits cut by $182 billion and growing since 2011,” he said. “They are earning 6.5 percent less today than they did at the start of this decade, even as costs for health care, groceries, and other expenses continue to rise. Federal workers can’t afford more cuts to their pay and benefits.”

They are coming after our Pay, Retirement Benefits and Contribution:

The House Budget Committee has already approved a fiscal 2018 budget resolution. We are making headlines with the new budget and its not pretty folks. They have taken aim again at us and they just might hit us right between the eyes. How much more can we continue to tolerate, how much more can our families take. We must fight back and here is how to do it now. From your own personal phone, off duty (not on duty, or using a governement phone or e-mail), call and talk to your congresswomen, Ms. Lisa Blunt-Rochester.


Below is a script to use:


Here are the call in numbers:


  DC Office: 844.669.5146

  District Office: 888.775.3148


Here is a script you can use:


Hello, my name is (NAME), and I am a member of AFGE and work for (YOUR AGENCY) in (YOUR CITY), and I have dedicated my career to supporting and protecting our troops. Despite the hard work of my colleagues and I, the Administration wants to cut the budget for my agency, and take away my pay and retirement benefits too.


• Tell them what you do every day for the constituents in their District.


I take pride in my job. I hope Congress does, too. That’s why I’m asking that you not support the Administration’s proposed budget that severely cut my pay and retirement. The President’s budget takes $149 billion cuts from the Federal Employees on top of the $182 billion (yes with a b) that we have already sacrificed since 2010.

Did you know that a third of Federal Employees are veterans? Any cuts to federal employees will cut the pay and retirement benefits for hundreds of thousands of veterans who are federal employees. (If you are a veteran, please tell them you were proud to serve you country in the military and you are just proud serving the America people as a federal employee in NAME YOUR CITY)

The bottom line is that this budget takes from services that working families depend on, and lines the pockets of huge contractors and tax cuts for huge corporations.

Transgender Inclusive Workplace:

AFGE Women's and Fair Practice Departments have developed a Transgender inclusive workplace model policy that locals can use. We have a transgender law center on the policy which includes definition, specific policies and procedures, and a sameple workplace transition plan.  Workplace protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) workers have been brought to the forefront in government agencies and state legislatures.  AFGE Pride Progamd that supports LGBT workers around the country.

Congress trying to GUT THE CIVIL SERVICE:

The PAGE Act

The popular narrative used by Washington insiders is that the federal government is inefficient and its workers are held responsible for the work that is done. The truth is that the rules currently in place don’t prevent the government from firing bad employees. They make sure punishments against bad employees are justified and good employees aren’t punished wrongly or unfairly.  

The HOLMAN Rule:

In one of their first acts this year, the House of Representatives voted to dust off a rule from the 1870's that allows them to reduce the number of federal employees. This means that any Representative can single out a civil servant who disagrees with them politically, and end their career. It’s been called “a backdoor way … to dismantle the federal workforce,” by Rep. Gerry Connolly of Virginia, and will also allow Congress to reduce pay for government workers  — down all the way to just $1 if they so choose.