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.
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.
It seems everyone would like to bend the ear of the 12 members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A coalition of unions and federal employee groups are urging lawmakers to reject cost-cutting proposals that harm federal pay and benefits.