Featured News ArticleDefense Secretary: DoD Employee Furlough Days Reduced from 14 to 11
The Department of Defense announced today that it will be reducing the number of mandatory furloughs for employees from 14 days to 11. This is down from a total of 22 anticipated furlough days originally scheduled for the departments 800,000 employees. The latest announcement, delivered at an afternoon press conference by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, also included details on exemptions for nearly 150,000 employees, bringing the total number of workers being furloughed to roughly 650,000. Furloughs are scheduled to commence no earlier than July 8. On a separate conference call with DoD employee representatives, the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Readiness and Force Management explained workers will preferably be furloughed one day per week between now and the end of the fiscal year in September. : : MORE
Administration Orders Extensive Study of Gender Pay Gap in Federal Workforce
President Obama this week released a memo to federal agency leadership calling for a government-wide effort to reduce the gender pay gap in the federal workforce. With the study, the Administration hopes to find answers to this persistent disparity despite the government’s extensive efforts to equalize pay. The gender gap has been an obstinate and deeply complex issue in the federal workforce for decades. Despite increasingly strict rules ensuring fairness in the hiring and promotion process, the gap survives. This is not to say that substantial progress has not been made – it undoubtedly has. The gap shrunk from 28 cents on the dollar in 1988, to 19 cents in 1998, to just 11 cents in 2007. Nonetheless, the figures have not improved much since then, and more needs to be done to eliminate it once and for all.
Legislative Conference 2013 is Officially Underway!
After months of preparation the 2013 IAM Legislative Conference has officially arrived. As you read this, hundreds of NFFE-IAM members are meeting in Washington, D.C to kick off a week of lobbying elected officials and networking with leaders in labor and politics. At the top of NFFE’s legislative agenda this week are putting an end to furloughs, securing a pay increase in 2014, and warding off attacks to your retirement benefits. Between today and Thursday evening, NFFE delegates have more than 200 meetings scheduled with elected leaders from all over the country. Armed with the knowledge one can only obtain from serving on the front lines of federal agencies, they will speak for the millions of workers whose voices have been ignored by too many in Washington this year.
Temporary Seasonal Wildland Firefighters - We Want YOU!
NFFE was proud to lead the campaign that won health insurance benefits for wildland firefighters and their families for the first time ever last year. We wanted to share with you some key information on who’s eligible, how to sign up, and how to contact your local union representative. Visit our Wildland Firefighters’ page at www.nffe.org/firefighters to learn all about the new regulation and how you can get insured. You can also look at our fact sheet explaining the new opportunities available to temporary seasonal firefighters.
Federal Union Leader on White House Budget: Today Washington ‘Abandoned’ Federal Employees
It’s clear today that Washington has abandoned federal employees. We’ve already seen three consecutive years of frozen pay, a quadrupling in the amount new workers pay toward their pensions, and now painful furloughs scheduled for the majority of the federal workforce. Yet this budget asks federal workers to take another 1.2% cut to their take-home pay by increasing employee retirement contributions yet again; it reduces Social Security benefits by moving to a chained CPI; and it eliminates the FERS annuity supplement for federal employees. We expect certain politicians to make federal workers the scapegoat of first resort. But for the Administration to perpetuate the idea that federal employees haven’t sacrificed enough is absolutely unacceptable.
Union Leader Slams Senate GOP Sequestration Measure Targeting Federal Pay, Retirement
“Here we go again. Rather than proposing a serious solution to sequestration, Senator Ayotte and her GOP colleagues have chosen to dust off well-worn attacks on federal employees that do nothing to fix the problem. Federal employees have already endured over two years of frozen pay and an increase in retirement contributions that will save the government $103 billion over the next decade. When is enough, enough? Serious problems call for serious solutions, and the Senator’s proposal falls well short of that measure. The Federal Employee Retirement System is fully funded and federal salaries have shrunken faster than any time in recent memory. What good will it do to punish them even more?"
Huma Abedin Had an Incredibly Sweet Deal at the State Department
Deputy chief of staff to Hillary Clinton worked part-time and had a side gig as a consultant.
Unions Want FAA to Make Up for Unnecessary Furloughs
Grievances ask for paid time off in compensation for the days employees were on forced leave.
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Infographic: We the (Unconfirmed) People
Plenty of vacancies exist in the Obama administration, and the Senate isnâ€™t helping.