Federal Union Leader on White House Budget: Today Washington ‘Abandoned’ Federal Employees

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Contact: Cory Bythrow, Communications Director
Phone: (202) 216-4458


Washington, D.C. – In response to the release of the White House budget today, which includes an increase in the amount federal workers pay toward their pensions and the elimination of the FERS Annuity Supplement for new workers, National Federation of Federal Employees National President William R. Dougan issued the following statement:


“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. This triple whammy of retirement cuts will make it incredibly difficult for federal workers to secure their retirement.


Though we applaud the President for requesting a one percent pay adjustment next year, it falls dramatically short of what is needed to keep hundreds of thousands of federal families above water. The overwhelming majority of federal workers live outside of the Washington, D.C. area, in big cities and small town all across America. They’re victims of a down economy just like any other American. Yet they’ve been singled out by politicians on both sides of the aisle time and time again. Federal workers have already sacrificed over $100 billion to reduce the deficit, but now they’re being asked to pitch in another $35 billion. When is enough, enough?


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. The White House has said time and time again that they value the contributions federal workers make to their country, but this budget tells a different story entirely. With friends like these, who needs enemies?”


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Established in 1917, the National Federation of Federal Employees is the oldest union representing civil service federal employees.  NFFE represents approximately 110,000 federal employees in nearly 40 separate departments and agencies government-wide. NFFE is affiliated with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, AFL-CIO. For more information, go to


Becky   04/17/13 9:48 am
Not too long ago Civil Service was honorable........what happened???
After 24 years I'm ready to call it quits........except I can't afford to. Our so called government representatives are so selfish they would throw the rest of us civil servants under the bus just to benefit themselves and their very rich constituents.

K8   04/16/13 7:19 pm
Politicians (who are also on the federal payroll) get to slam us feds without facts or reality checks. The sheeple of this country believe them without their own fact-check. Guess what people, the politicians do not like you either! You are not in the 1% and they will keep it that way. But it's perfectly OK to keep on letting you pay for their lavish lifestyles while destroying your's. I love my free health care for which I pay almost $500 a month, not including dental or vision! I love my 2010 pay in 2013!

Elizabeth A McClure   04/15/13 7:52 am

Bob   04/14/13 6:23 pm
I don't mind taking one for the team, but what burns me is, the military keep getting pay raises. Military compensation is at least 1/3 greater than their civilian equivalent counterparts.

Mark S   04/12/13 7:36 pm
Taking away our FERS Annuity Supplement - Really?
Where can I get a copy of this budget that is before congress at this time? Anyone have a link? I plan to call my congress man-woman. This is rediculuous. I have worked nearly 15 years for that, and now you are tjsut taking it away? How many talented folks are we going to loose to the private sector because of this? Your probably listening to at least one of them.

Old Dog   04/12/13 6:10 pm
I'd like to see the actual White House proposal...are they actually talking about taking the FERS supplement away from ALL CURRENT FERS employees...even those of us who are getting very close to retirement age? THAT IS a breach of contract. I knew when I started work I wasn't getting the same size annuity the CSRS folks get, and I knew if I wanted a better retirement I'd have to pay into a TSP which I've faithfully done. But I've PLANNED for almost 30 years, on gettng that Social Security supplement when I retire. That is FRAUD to change it on those of us already in the program.

Roberta   04/12/13 5:21 pm
Federal Deficit
This will only hurt AMERICAN Families, American communities, and not even be a blip to the deficit. Congress needs to look hard at what caused the deficit, which is still growing by the second. We all pay into Social Security and Medicare and they should be kept out of the picture, should be self supporting. If not, raise the amount on which people pay into these, raise the income limit to $250,000. They all collect on it, all should pay into it. How about cutting subsidies to other nations and tending to business at home for a change? I encourage everyone to call U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 (on your own time, using your own phone) and take responsibility for your own destiny and our childerns'.

Sandra   04/12/13 3:35 pm
If Federal Employees' livelihoods continue to be used to bail out the government, who is going to bail us out. We don't work for congress, so there are no bonuses or awards to cushion our losses. When is enough, enough?

Bev Daugherty   04/12/13 3:19 pm
Force Political Leaders to Live Like We Do
I have to ask myself 'HOW DO THEY SLEEP AT NIGHT', knowing what they are doing to our country and our citizens. They have managed to slaughter the American Dream. Our 'so called for the people' political leadership needs to be forced to live and work the way the majority of us do. They are not qualified to make decisions for us until they work our days, support our families, pay our taxes and walk in our shoes. And for those who have children, it is disheartening to have to say no to a child because you don't have the resources. By the time you pay everything the federal and state authorities want there's little left. AND still I am blessed to be in these shoes, as humble as they may be. My heart goes out to families trying to live on minimum wage or worse yet, unemployment.

Alan Budreau   04/12/13 2:19 pm
The furlough is criminal!!
Federal workers are paid less than the private sector for the same work; and now are getting cut still more! Grossly unfair! To me this is a breach of contract!

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