Featured News ArticleThe Federal Workforce is Shrinking, But Congress Wants More Cuts
Earlier this month, the Office of Personnel Management released data on the state of the 2014 federal workforce showing that the federal government shed around 21,000 jobs in FY14. That brings the total number of federal jobs lost since 2011 to over 84,000. Yet despite these lost jobs, there are those in Congress that believe the cuts are not deep enough. : : MORE
It’s Time – Paid Parental Leave
Under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) of 1993, federal employees may take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave when caring for a newborn child, with the option of using accrued sick and annual leave to supplement the lost pay. However, in the newly-proposed bill by the President, federal employees would be provided up to six weeks of paid parental leave that would not require them to use accrued sick or annual leave. This proposal comes after the President ordered executive agencies to advance up to six weeks of sick leave to employees with newborn or newly-adopted children, which NFFE examined last week.
Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Each of us has a duty to carry on the work of Dr. King. If we want a just society, we must roll up our sleeves and work for justice. Dr. King said, “Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable... Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.”
President Obama Expands Parental Leave for Federal Employees
On Thursday, President Obama signed a presidential memorandum directing federal agencies to advance up to six weeks of paid sick leave to federal employees with a new child, employees caring for ill family members, and other sick leave-eligible uses. Accompanying the signed memorandum, President Obama has asked Congress to pass legislation aimed at providing federal employees six weeks of paid administrative leave for the birth, adoption, or foster placement of a child.
National President Dougan: "Federal Workers Have Earned a Pay Adjustment That Reflects the Increased Cost of Living."
NFFE strongly supports Congressman Connolly’s bill to provide federal employees a well-earned and much-needed 3.8 percent pay adjustment in 2016. In the past two years, Congress and the President have enacted woefully insufficient one percent pay adjustments that were preceded by three years of pay freezes. In the last five years, federal employees have lost a significant amount of buying power due to pay adjustments failing to keep up with basic inflation.
National President Dougan: "The Department of Defense is placing a $38 million per-year burden on the workers who support our military."
"The Department of Defense is placing a $38 million per-year burden on the workers who support our military,” said Dougan. “The Department is touting this as a prudent financial decision, but it amounts to nothing more than a new tax on defense workers with the misfortune of being assigned on long-term temporary duty."
The States That Have the Highest and Lowest Union Membership
The national membership rate fell again in 2014 even as job growth surged to a 15-year high.
Frustrated Kentucky Man Drives Into Cincinnati City Hall in Search of Mayor
An 11-year zoning dispute with the city over a pony-keg drive-up liquor store led to Thursdayâ€™s drama.
Could Remote Testimony and â€˜Legislative YouTubeâ€™ Break Down Engagement Barriers?
Constituents often have a hard time traveling to their stateâ€™s capital city but technological advances might offer solutions to connect lawmakers and residents.
Lessons About Government Performance From Latin America
When data-driven management becomes a leadership strategy.