Nearly two years of negotiating has led to a stalemate between the Social Security Administration and its largest union, the American Federation of Government Employees. The protracted dispute mars the Obama administration\'s otherwise productive attempts to collaborate formally with federal unions.
This week on AFGE\'s \"Inside Government\" California Labor Federation Executive Secretary-Treasurer Art Pulaski expresses support for public sector workers and discusses the danger of cutting public services and squeezing the middle class. AFGE Social Security Administration Council 220 National Health and Safety Representative Howard Egerman sheds light on his efforts to ensure safety in the federal workplace.
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will vote on legislation to cut the federal workforce by 10 percent. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.), proposes replacing only one of every three employees that leave. The committee also will mark up several other bills including the civilian property disposal act and a data transparency act.
Office of Management and Budget employees are voting today and Nov. 1 on whether or not they want to be represented by the American Federal of Government Employees union.
This week on AFGE\'s \"Inside Government\" labor historian Dr. Nelson Lichtenstein discusses the importance of public sector unions and the future of the labor movement. AFGE National Council of Social Security Administration Field Operations Locals President Witold Skwierczynski also appears to address contract negotiations with SSA and a series of upcoming nationwide rallies.
This week on AFGE\'s \"Inside Government\" D.C. Labor FilmFest Director Chris Garlock previews this year\'s event. AFGE Local 3403 President Carter Kimsey also discusses the impact of the Office of Personnel Management\'s 2011 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey.
This week on AFGE\'s \"Inside Government\" The Nation Publisher Katrina vanden Heuvel and U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) join us from the Take Back the American Dream Conference to address the U.S. jobs crisis and the value of public service. Former U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexis Herman discusses challenges facing the American workforce.
This week on AFGE\'s \"Inside Government\" Legislative and Political Director Beth Moten analyzes President Obama\'s deficit reduction plan and the impact on federal workers. Grantham University Associate Provost Dr. Cheryl Hayek then discusses the online university\'s student support programs and unveils a special benefit for AFGE members. AFGE local officers Ivan Weich, Robena Reid and Kevin Ellis also appear.
President Obama wants federal employees to contribute more to their retirement plans as part of a $4.4 trillion plan to reduce the deficit over the next decade. The plan also includes measures to return to the Postal Service money that it has overpaid for retiree benefits and restructure health benefits.
The two largest federal unions are urging feds to stand up against proposed cuts to federal pay and retirement by calling Congressional leaders and rallying in New York. Last week, 21 federal unions sent a letter to Treasury and OMB demanding to know what would happen to federal employees should Congress and the White House fail to raise the debt ceiling but got no response.
USPS cancels bonuses for executives, officers and administrative staff.
J. David Cox AFGE National Secretary-Treasurer Andrew Fieldhouse Federal Budget Policy Analyst, Economic Policy Institute Former Rep. Bob Edgar (D-Pa.) President & CEO, Common Cause
House Oversight and Government Reform members disagreed on the whether federal employees should perform union activities during the work day. A bill banning official time has been introduced which AFGE says would all but end collective bargaining rights.
Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) David Borer AFGE General Counsel Don Hale Chair, AFGE Defense Conference Nate Whiteman Director of Recruitment and National Events, Union Sportsmen\'s Alliance