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  • Local 125 Celebrates 95th Anniversary Last month, NFFE President William Dougan and National Organizing Director Brittany Cardinal traveled to Ogden, UT to kick start the 95th year of Local 125. Many regional office employees, Local NFFE-IAM members, bargaining unit employees and members of management turned out to join the Local in...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Local 1340 Encourages Nature Conservation in Earth Day Celebration Each year, the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) William J. Hughes Technical Center in Atlantic City, N.J. hosts an Earth Day celebration that allows employee organizations set up booths to commemorate the observance. The Earth Day observance is one of the year’s largest events at the FAA...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Keep an Up-to-Date Bargaining Unit List Bargaining unit lists are helpful to have on hand during formal organizing drives, so you have a record of the employees that are eligible to become a member of your Local. These lists can also be broken down, and provide you with a system for assessing and reaching out to your potential members....     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • NFFE-IAM Members Take to Capitol Hill A range of speakers kicked off the 2014 IAM Legislative Conference in Washington, DC, all echoing the call to end sequestration, oppose pending trade agreements and increase the respect for federal employees. In addition to hearing from some of Washington, DC’s most prominent leaders, NFFE-IAM...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Defense Bill Clears Panel Without Job Cuts On May 8, 2014 the House Armed Services Committee passed the Fiscal Year 2015 (FY15) National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), H.R. 4435. Absent from the bill upon passage out of committee was a controversial amendment that was expected to be offered during the markup process (when a Committee...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • ACTION ALERT: NFFE Opposes Congressional Move to Slash 115,000 Defense Jobs On May 7, 2014, the House Armed Services Committee will mark up (when a Committee meets to discuss, debate, amend and vote on legislation) the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2015 (FY15). This year, an amendment will be offered to the NDAA in an effort to abolish...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Local 1429 and Congressman Team Up to Protect Jobs Last week in Chambersburg, PA, the members of NFFE Local 1429 met with Congressman Bill Shuster (R-PA) to discuss strategy for protecting Letterkenny Army Depot from closure in the event of another round of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC). The members of NFFE Local 1429 shared their concerns...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Enroll Now for Federal Employees' Basic Class The 2014 Federal Employees’ Basic Program will be held at the William W. Winpisinger (WWW) Education and Technology Center, in Hollywood, MD, during the week of August 10-15, 2014. This program provides training specific to federal sector workers in areas such as collective bargaining, the Hatch...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Sign Up for NFFE's Young Federal Leaders Training Today! NFFE is proud to announce that for the first time, we will be putting on a Young Federal Leaders training. The training will take place from June 14 – 17 at the IAM William W. Winpisinger Center for Education and Technology in Hollywood, Md. The training will inform young workers about the...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • NFFE Staunchly Opposes Disastrous Ryan Budget This week, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) introduced his 2015 budget plan. While the plan suggests extreme cuts to numerous programs, Ryan’s budget is particularly concerning for federal employees. The budget targets federal employees for an additional $125 billion ($60,000...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • IAM Legislative Conference is Fast Arriving; Make Your Plans Today Taking place from May 12 -15, 2014, NFFE and the IAM will bring Union brothers and sisters together from around the country to storm Capitol Hill. This is your opportunity as a NFFE-IAM member to let Congress understand the impact their reckless policy decisions have had on America’s federal...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • NFFE Backs Bill to Provide Federal Workers Adequate Pay Adjustment The National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE) is backing the Federal Adjustment of Income Rates (FAIR) Act, H.R. 4306, legislation to provide federal workers with a 3.3 percent pay adjustment in 2015 instead of the 1 percent pay adjustment proposed in the President’s budget earlier this...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • NFFE Announces 2013 Presidential Organizing Awards We are introducing a new, annual award this year in accordance with NFFE’s Membership Building Strategic Plan; these new awards are NFFE’s Annual Presidential Awards. As written in the plan, NFFE’s Locals were divided into three roughly equal-sized categories based on the number of employees in...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • NFFE to Fight New Legislation to Cut 115,000 Defense Jobs Just when it looked like federal employees were momentarily free from congressional attacks, a group of six Republican lawmakers dropped a bombshell. Earlier this week, Rep. Ken Calvert (Republican, California) introduced the Rebalance for an Effective Defense Uniform and Civilian Employees Act...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Update: One Percent Pay Adjustment for Wage-grade Federal Employees Following a vigorous push by NFFE and its allies, wage-grade federal employees received a one percent pay adjustment, dated Jan. 27, 2014. This adjustment brought parity with the one percent pay adjustment General Schedule (GS) employees received on Jan. 1, 2014. However, there has been a great...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • YFL 2014 IAM Legislative Conference Week Trip NFFE is proud to announce that for the first time, we will be offering an all-expenses paid trip to the 2014 IAM Legislative Conference in Washington, DC from Monday, May 12, 2014 to Thursday, May 15, 2014 to a young federal worker who demonstrates a vision and commitment to the three principles...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Complete the 2014 Organizing Survey It is because of members like you that we are able to grow our great Union. It is important that we know what matters to you and your Local. Please take a few moments to fill out our 2014 Organizing Survey. Your experience and suggestions will play a key role as we move forward with NFFE’s...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • No 2014 Sequester Following a dramatic year for federal employees, the office of Management and Budget (OMB) released a report earlier this month confirming that federal agencies will not experience any further sequester-related spending cuts. With the passage of a congressional budget and OMB releasing this...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Get to Know the Legislation that Affects You Every day, legislation is popping up across the country proposing such injustices as ending official time, furloughing public employees, pay, pensions and jobs, just to name a few. When more members are educated on the issues, we can become more of a driving force in letting our representatives...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Federal Basic One of Many Classes Available This past week, NFFE-IAM members from around the country came together at the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center, located in Hollywood, Md., to participate in the year’s first federal basic course. The six-day course covered numerous topics important to NFFE-IAM members. The...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Show Your Union Pride Successful Locals are visible Locals. How can a prospective member join your Local if they don’t know it exists? And you, as a Local officer or member, are your Local’s best advertisement. If you aren’t already wearing your NFFE items, it’s time to start. Show your co-workers and fellow members...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • A New Year, a New Direction for YFL On Wednesday morning, Young Federal Leaders (YFL) members from across the country gathered for the year’s first YFL conference call to discuss the program’s exciting, new direction. 2014 is a year of change, and YFL is undergoing numerous changes. The first and most noticeable change is the...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • NFFE Minority, Diversity and Inclusion Committee Members Announced Following the adoption of the Minority, Diversity and Inclusion (MDI) Committee charter in late 2013, NFFE has spent months soliciting NFFE-IAM membership to apply to the committee. Today, NFFE National President William R. Dougan announced the appointment of eight NFFE-IAM members to the MDI...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • 2014 Retirees' Assistance Programs The IAM Retirees’ Department is convening two Retirees’ Assistance programs at the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center in Hollywood, Maryland. The programs are designed to educate participants on a variety of geriatric and mental health issues. The IAM’s objective is to equip...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • YFL Joins Young Machinists in San Antonio This past weekend, numerous NFFE Young Federal Leaders (YFL) members traveled to San Antonio, TX for the IAM Young Workers and Emerging Leaders Conference. With a record number of young machinists attending the 38th IAM Grand Lodge Convention in 2012, IAM has committed to expanding its investment...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Bill Includes Pay Increase for Blue-Collar Federal Workers On Jan. 1, 2014, a one percent across-the-board pay adjustment went into effect for white-collar General Schedule (GS) federal employees. While this modest pay bump was welcome following a three-year pay freeze, there was one big problem: Congress forgot about blue-collar Wage Grade (WG) federal...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Apply For A Union Plus Scholarship Today - Deadline is January 31, 2014 Each year Union Plus provides $150,000 in scholarships to members who belong to a union participating in any of the Union Plus programs. The deadline to apply for a 2014 scholarship is January 31, 2014, 12 p.m. (noon) EST.     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Tell Congress: Support Federal Blue-Collar Workers Call your U.S. House Representative and both of your U.S. Senators today and tell them to support HR 3573, and recommend language being adopted in the 2014 omnibus spending bill to achieve the intent of HR 3573. The Capitol Switchboard phone number is 202-224-3121. When contacting lawmakers, be...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • New Year – New Goal We often think of New Years’ Resolutions on the personal level, but your Local can make some resolutions for 2014 as well. As a Local, consider setting some membership goals for the year. Decide exactly what you want to accomplish, and set some goals accordingly. If you need help setting...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Congress: No Raise for Blue-Collar Federal Employees in 2014 Under current law, GS federal employees will receive a modest one percent pay bump in January 2014. The adjustment will be applied to base pay, leaving locality pay unchanged. While the one percent pay adjustment ends a three-year pay freeze, it is largely a symbolic victory. On Dec. 12, 2013 the...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Understanding the Budget: Pensions The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013, as it stands, would raise pension contributions for federal employees hired after Jan. 1, 2014 by 1.3 percent. As a result, federal employees hired after Jan. 1, 2014 will be forced to contribute 4.4 percent towards their pensions. Of all the constituencies...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Tell Congress: No More Cuts Targeted at Federal Employees Call your U.S. House Representative and both of your U.S. Senators today and tell them to oppose any further targeted cuts to federal workers as part of a budget deal. The Capitol Switchboard phone number is 202-224-3121. When contacting lawmakers, be sure to do so as a constituent, on your own...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Sequestration or Shutdown: A Lose-Lose for Federal Employees With less than two weeks remaining before the Dec. 13 deadline, the Congressional Budget Conference faces mounting pressure to reach an agreement to keep the government funded beyond Jan. 15. If a grand bargain is not struck and Congress resorts to passing yet another Continuing Resolution, a...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • FWA Sends Letter to Budget Conference Urging Protection of Federal Workers Federal employees have contributed more than $114 billion over the past three years toward deficit reduction. This staggering amount is the result of a three-year pay freeze, multiple furlough days due to sequestration, and an increase in pension contributions from new federal workers. As a...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • NFFE/IAM Wins Landslide Election at Aberdeen Proving Ground Employees of the Army Contracting Command (ACC) at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Gunpowder, MD have a rich history of NFFE/IAM representation. However, a recent agency realignment brought a new group of contractors to the base, forcing a combination between new and veteran Aberdeen ACC employees....     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Senate Passes Employment Non-Discrimination Act Last Thursday, the Senate passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) with a bipartisan vote of 64-32. Currently, there is no federal law protecting the U.S. LGBT workforce from employment discrimination based on sexual and gender identity. In 34 states, it remains legal for an employer...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Message from the NFFE Veterans Committee I want to give a salute of sincere appreciation to all our Cold Warriors because you boldly stared in the face of our enemies and dared them not to do anything to harm Americans at home and around the world. It may have been boring, it may have been tedious, but you still surrendered a part of...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Support FEEA this Holiday Season With the holiday season around the corner, NFFE invites its membership to get in the spirit of giving. NFFE members and federal workers are encouraged to make a donation to the Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund (FEEA). FEEA provides needed assistance to federal employees and operates...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Union Plus Scholarship 2014 Application now available! The Union Plus Scholarship application for 2014 is now available. The application deadline is Friday January 31, 2014, 12pm EST. All NFFE-IAM members, spouses and children of members that have already been accepted into a U.S. accredited university, college, community college or...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Federal Employees Once Again on the Table for January Budget Talks Since 2010, federal workers have experienced a three-year pay freeze, cyclical furloughs, and a reduction in retirement benefits. These reductions, coupled with the recent government shutdown, have led some lawmakers to take a stance in defending the rights and wellbeing of federal employees. A...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • ASSURE Act to Increase Transparency and Protect Federal Retirees from Predatory Lenders H.R.3310, The Annuity Safety and Security Under Reasonable Enforcement Act, or ASSURE Act, would extend the 1968 Truth in Lending Act to lenders who distribute loans on federal pensions. This would require lenders to be more transparent in disclosing information on loans costs, including...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • 2014 IAM Scholarship Now Accepting Applications The IAM Scholarship is now open for 2014. All NFFE-IAM members and children of members pursuing college or vocational/technical schools are strongly encouraged to apply. There are three different scholarship applications, one for each scholarship: the IAM Child of a Member applying for College...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Federal Pay Scheduled to Increase by One Percent in January 2014 Barring congressional intervention, an across-the-board one percent raise to federal employees will go into effect Jan. 1. The plan was submitted by Obama in August, which only counts basic pay when calculating the one percent increase and keeps locality pay levels at their 2013 figures.     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Bill Passes to End Government Shutdown, Stage Set for January Budget Battle Just after midnight early Thursday morning, the President signed into law a bill to reopen the federal government, ending a 16-day government shutdown. The bipartisan bill was passed just one day before Treasury Secretary Jack Lew estimated the U.S. would reach its borrowing limit. Included in...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Guidance and Resources for Furloughed Federal Employees While the political stalemate in Washington over a budget for fiscal year 2014 drags into its third week, federal employees are increasingly feeling the negative impacts of the shutdown. With 800,000 federal employees impacted by furloughs, federal employees and their families are struggling to...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • NFFE Rallies on Capitol Hill; Dougan to Congress: Man Up and End This Shutdown Yesterday, on a chilly, wet morning in Washington, D.C., NFFE-IAM members rallied with other federal employee unions to convey a clear message to a stubborn Congress: stop playing politics with federal employees’ lives and end the government shutdown. Dougan: “It is time to dispense with the...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Rally on Capitol Hill Thursday to Protest Government Shutdown NFFE, IAM, and other federal employee unions will be rallying on Capitol Hill tomorrow (Thursday, October 10, 2013) at 11 AM to demand an end to the government shutdown. NFFE-IAM members who can make the trip to Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. are strongly encouraged to attend. NFFE National...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • National President Dougan to Congress: “Don’t Play Games with Federal Employees’ Livelihoods” “Today Congress willfully forced 800,000 dedicated federal workers off the job of serving the American people. These workers have families to feed, bills to pay, and rent to make. They are taxpaying, hardworking citizens of this country just like everyone else, but extremists in Congress are...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • NFFE’s Young Federal Leaders: Looking Back and Planning for the Future What started as a modest effort to amplify the voices of our young union members has quickly evolved into a mission to engage every NFFE unionist, regardless of age, in the task of protecting our great coalition of workers for generations to come. And while we realize that an undertaking of this...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Sign Our Letter and Help Temporary Seasonal Land Management Employees Get a Fair Shot at Permanent Jobs The NFFE Forest Service Council is once again making waves on Capitol Hill. After earning health care benefits for seasonal wildland firefighters in 2012, NFFE is now pushing for passage of the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (H.R. 533/S. 1120), a bill that would give temporary seasonal...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Thank You for Doing Your Part to Help Temporary Seasonals! Thank you for doing your part to improve the lives of thousands of temporary seasonal employees. You made a difference today. If your House rep or one of your Senators has already signed on as a cosponsor of the bill, they will not receive your letter asking for their support. This is because...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • House Proposes Short Term Continuing Resolution to Stave Off Government Shutdown through December With precious little time left before the government’s current funding measure expires, the House Appropriations Committee this week released a draft continuing resolution to relieve the fiscal pressure. The resolution would extend a $968 billion funding bridge to underpin government operations...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Your Right to Petition the Government Under the 1st Amendment to the Constitution, citizens of the United States have the right to “petition the government for a redress of grievances.” Citizens do not lose their Constitutional rights when they become employees of the federal government. Congress has further protected those rights...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • NFFE Breaks New Ground as First Federal Union to Launch Tumblr Page Continuing NFFE’s legacy of innovation in labor communications, we are proud to announce the launch of our new Tumblr page, www.nffeunion.tumblr.com! NFFE is the first federal union to launch a dedicated page on the burgeoning social network. So what is Tumblr, anyways? Tumblr is a fun mix of a...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • FEEA Suspends Furlough Loans Due to Exhaustion of Resources In spite of generous donations from the BlueCross/BlueShield Association, GEICO and GEBA, and nearly 100 individual donations in the last week, FEEA is forced today to suspend new furlough-related loans to civilian federal employees. Since the start of FEEA’s fiscal year on May 1, 2013, emergency...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • President Obama Proposes One Percent Federal Pay Increase in 2014 as Congress Holds Out Late Friday afternoon, President Obama announced his alternate pay plan for federal workers, extending a one percent pay increase for 2014. In a letter announcing the plan to Congress, Obama advocated for an end to the three-year freeze which has inflicted serious stress on millions of federal...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • A Labor Day Message from the Desk of NFFE National President William R. Dougan On August 24th my wife and I attended the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington. We stood with tens of thousands of our sisters and brothers from the labor movement, the civil rights movement, churches, student groups, and thousands of others who were not affiliated with a particular group...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • As Furloughs Drain FEEA Resources, Your Donation is More Important than Ever It has been an incredibly busy few months at FEEA, with scholarship selections and furloughs taking the time and attention of staff and volunteers alike. Final selections for the 2013-14 scholarship program are being made and winners of the NTEU $5,000 scholarships will be announced in a few...     Federal Employees Education and Assistance Fund        more...  
  • Government Shutdown Looms on the Horizon as Congress Continues its August Vacation While Congress spends the final two weeks of its five-week August recess in their home districts, a disaster is brewing here in Washington, D.C. Without immediate action by Congress upon their return in mid-September, federal employees will be locked out of work en-masse due to a government...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Photo Album: NFFE-IAM Members Join Thousands at Lincoln Memorial for 50th Anniversary of March on Washington Saturday morning, tens of thousands of unionists, civil rights advocates, activists, and everyday citizens converged upon the national mall in Washington, D.C. to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington. After fifty years – and all of the triumphs and tribulations that...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Wildland Firefighter Joshua Northrup Starts Petition to End Reckless Cuts to Firefighting Budget With fires burning hundreds of thousands of acres across the U.S., the need for a strong firefighting force is more apparent than ever. Thousands of federal firefighters, along with state and municipal allies, are putting their lives on the line to protect our national treasures, communities, and...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • NFFE Congratulates Tyler Shuey and Sheryl Wood on Winning Richard N. Brown Memorial Scholarships! The National Federation of Federal Employees is proud to announce Tyler Shuey and Sheryl Wood as winners of the 2013 Richard N. Brown Memorial Scholarship competition. Each will receive $1000 to supplement their college education and help pursue their aspirations in labor. The Scholarship Fund is...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • NFFE National President Dougan Letter to Congressional Appropriators Requesting Emergency Funding The Honorable Hal Rogers... National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Senior Defense Official: Civilian Jobs May be on the Chopping Block Next Year Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has an opinion about the second round of sequestration cuts scheduled to arrive in Fiscal Year 2014, and he has not been shy about sharing them. In a recent story from USA Today, Carter laid out the Department’s prospects plain and simple: “We can’t rule out...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Federal Workers See Jobs Evaporate as Private Sector Growth Continues With shrinking budgets, sequestration cuts, and shut down threats bearing down on agencies throughout government, it’s no mystery that federal workers have taken their lumps from deficit reduction. A recent Gallup Poll – as highlighted in Government Executive last week – looked at just how bad...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • HUD Announces Plan to Cut Furlough Days by Two The latest in a long list of agencies reducing furloughs in recent days, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced Friday that it would be cancelling two furlough days. The move drops total furlough days at the Department down to five from the originally scheduled seven....     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Union Member Activism Pays Off as DoD Announces 5-Day Reduction in Civilian Furloughs After relentless pressure from Defense employees and their union representatives, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced yesterday that the Department will cancel five scheduled furlough days effective immediately. The announcement marks a major victory for Defense employees who have stepped up...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Senate Committee Approves One Percent Pay Boost for Defense Civilian Employees The Senate Thursday approved a measure to boost defense civilian pay by one percent in 2014, potentially breaking the current three-year freeze. The increase was included in the Senate version of the Fiscal Year 2014 Defense Appropriations Act, which is why it only impacts those working at DoD....     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Dougan Pens Letter to District of Columbia Mayor Gray Urging Support for Minimum Wage Bill NFFE National President William R. Dougan penned a letter to Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray urging him to support the Large Retailer Accountability Act (LRAA). The measure would ensure workers employed by large corporations are compensated at the fair rate of $12.50 per hour, rather than...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Defense Official: Civilian Furloughs Likely to be Reduced by Upwards of Five Days Speaking on condition of anonymity with the Associated Press yesterday, a Department of Defense official hinted the department may be reducing furlough days by as many as five in the coming weeks. According to the official, DoD is looking to trim between three and five days from the current 11...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • NFFE is Proud to Announce Amy Burns as Our New National Business Representative! Out of a deep and talented field of applicants, NFFE this week is proud to announce that NFFE Local 2 member Amy Burns has been selected for the position of National Business Representative (BR). Effective July 29th Burns will service the Midwest region as depicted on the map below. Burns brings...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Join NFFE-IAM to Commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington On August 24, 2013 the civil rights, labor, and religious communities will come together in Washington, D.C. for the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington. The original march, organized by Bayard Rusin and A. Philip Randolph, provided the setting for Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I have a...     International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers        more...  
  • Ready, Set, Snap! NFFE Announces First Annual Photo Contest This year NFFE will be hosting a photo contest to celebrate the hard work done by all the NFFE-IAM members throughout the country. The NFFE community hosts a vast array of occupations and talents, and we want to celebrate your work by capturing it on film! We are happy to announce that this...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • After Long Struggle, Downtown SAMs Finally Achieve First Contract Nearly four years ago in July of 2009, 120 brave workers stood up to their company’s difficult working conditions and voted to form a Union. Today NFFE-IAM is proud to announce that the Downtown SAMs have officially ratified their contract, and are now full members of the National Federation of...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Lawmakers Take Big Step Toward Eliminating Defense Furloughs in 2014 With three furlough days already in the books for most Defense employees, the urgency of bringing an end to the senseless policy is stronger than ever. After immense pressure from federal employees and their unions, Congress is finally starting to heed the will of the people and address the...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • House Committee Leaves Federal Employees High and Dry, Excludes Pay Adjustment in Funding Bill The House Appropriations committee last week approved a version of the 2014 Financial Services and General Government funding bill that excluded any mention of a federal pay increase. Though the measure does not guarantee an extended freeze, it is nonetheless a bad omen for thousands of federal...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Opportunities Abound for Retired NFFE-IAM Members Union membership is not just a club – it’s a movement to secure workers’ rights and dignity in the workplace. NFFE-IAM members proudly carry this Union spirit to work each and every day, making a difference for thousands of federal workers with each passing sunset. But what opportunities are...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Job Announcement: NFFE Seeks Staff Assistant for National Office Want to be a part of a growing, dynamic, and vocal union advocate for federal employees? Then the National Federation of Federal Employees is the place for you. We are currently hiring a new Staff Assistant to manage our front desk and assist senior staff in projects of national strategic...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Georgia Congressman Introduces Measure to End Defense Furloughs Thousands of letters poured into Capitol Hill this month from federal workers across all 50 states as NFFE-IAM members and others demanded Congress deliver a solution to reckless Defense furloughs. Now it appears that at least one member of Congress took it to heart. Last week Rep. John Barrow...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Defense Rebuffs Unions, Elected Officials, in Maintaining Working Capital Fund Furloughs Late last month, NFFE and other unions joined a bipartisan group of 31 members of Congress in requesting that Defense cancel furloughs for nearly 180,000 Working Capital Fund (WCF) employees. This week, Defense Comptroller Robert Hale issued his response, defending the decision to furlough WCF...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Furlough Aid Requests Rise Dramatically at Federal Employees Education and Assistance Fund Federal employee furloughs have doubled the amount of the Federal Employee Education & Assistance Fund’s emergency assistance loans just in the month of June. The program distributed just under $42,000 in May, only four of them furlough-related, and nearly $90,000 in June, including 82 loans...     Federal Employees Education & Assistance Fund        more...  
  • As Congress Stalls, NFFE-IAM Members across the Country Take Action to Stop Furloughs While Congress was on vacation the week before the 4th of July holiday, thousands of NFFE members and their fellow federal workers were taking action. The Furlough Red Zone Campaign, launched by the 20-union Federal Workers Alliance (FWA) was a huge success both on Capitol Hill and in the press....     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • New Edition of the 'Federal Employee' Newsletter Now Available! This year's second edition of the National Federation of Federal Employees' (NFFE) quarterly newsletter, the Federal Employee, is now available! Featuring a detailed view of the updated organizing and recruiting strategic plan, this edition focuses on what all NFFE-IAM members can do to build our...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Sign Our Letter to Tell Congress: Stop the Furloughs at Defense! Starting July 8th, mandatory furloughs for upwards of 700,000 Department of Defense workers will go into effect. Each worker is required to take 11 unpaid furlough days - one per week - meaning their pay will drop 20% for 11 weeks. We can't allow this to continue. Use the letter below to...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • New Legislation Seeks to Align Blue Collar Wage Areas with White Collar Locality Areas Last week in Washington, Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-PA) introduced a bill, the Locality Pay Area Equity Act (H.R. 2450), to address an unfairness in pay for many blue collar federal employees throughout the U.S. For years, blue collar federal employees in certain parts of the country have been...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • 31 Members of Congress Send Letter to Defense Demanding Answers on Furloughs A bipartisan group of 31 House members sent a letter to Department of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel recently demanding answers on the proposed furloughs of thousands of Defense Working Capital Fund (DWCF) employees. Unlike other Defense employees that are funded by Congressional appropriations,...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • NFFE Unveils New Roles for National Organizing Department in Updated Strategic Plan As we revealed in May of this year, NFFE completed an update of its strategic plan for building membership. To better serve you the NFFE National Office has created a more streamlined experience when accessing resources through the NFFE National Organizing Department. Under the old plan, NFFE had...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • National President Dougan Pens Letter to Congress Requesting Critical Funding for Federal Labor Relations Authority Budget cuts, staff reductions, and rising workloads. This may sound familiar to millions of federal employees working at dozens of federal departments and agencies over the past few years. For those at the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) - the agency responsible for overseeing labor...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Congratulations to Ian Hollander, Son of NFFE Sister Marsha Moore-Hettick, on Winning an IAM Scholarship! On behalf of the NFFE National Office, we would like to congratulate Ian Hollander of Kalispell, MT, on winning a prestigious IAM Scholarship!Hollander, son of NFFE Local 1214 member Marsha Moore-Hettick, was one of just 16 applicants to be awarded a scholarship from a pool of nearly 350...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Submit Your Photos Now for the 2013 IAM Photo Contest! The new deadline to enter the 2013 IAM Photo Contest is now Friday, July 5, 2013. All NFFE members are encouraged to submit photos demonstrating the critical services they deliver to the American public every day. For the 2013 Photo Contest, photos must be taken of and by members in good...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Attack on Official Time Thwarted as Congressional Committee Rules Attempt Out of Order The fight was over seemingly before it began, but last week an amendment threating “official time” almost made its way into the must-pass legislation known as the National Defense Authorization Act. However, the House Rules Committee, a committee tasked with maintaining order in legislative...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Federal Government Continues to Bleed Thousands of Jobs as Sequestration Cuts Take Hold As NFFE reported last month, federal employees were beginning to see the devastating effects of sequestration cuts on the agencies where they work. The dangerous trend continued in a big way last month, as the federal government lost another 14,000 jobs in May alone, according to the monthly...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Hone Your Representational Skills at the New NFFE Rep Center! Let’s face it – being a union representative is a tough job. There is so much to learn but so little time to actually sit down and learn it. Now, NFFE National is proud to announce an all-new online resource that gives you the tools you need to get the job done – the NFFE Rep Center! The Rep...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Phased Retirement for Federal Workers Moves One Step Closer to Reality Since its approval 11 months ago, legislation allowing federal workers to phase into retirement has undergone a long process of regulatory writing and editing. This week, the proposed regulations have finally been issued, bringing the promise of a smoother transition into retirement that much...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Sequestration Cuts at OPM Lead to Slower Pension Processing for Newly Retired Employees It turns out that current federal workers aren’t the only ones losing out from sequestration. This week, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announced a full 19% reduction in the number of federal pensions processed for newly-retired employees, due to sequestration cuts. The news comes after...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • President Obama Seeks to Reign in Out-of-Control Contractor Executive Pay with New Proposal At a time when federal workers have been subject to pay freezes, furloughs, and retirement cuts, executives at leading government contractors have been making away with hundreds of millions in taxpayer dollars. How do they get away with it? Easy – ever-increasing reimbursement rates. In fiscal...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Two Key Federal Spending Bills Keep Federal Pay Frozen through 2014 The House Appropriations Committee this week approved two fiscal year 2014 funding measures which failed to include an increase in federal pay. Though there are still other opportunities to give federal workers a much-needed pay adjustment, it appears the House will remain a formidable obstacle....     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • A Memorial Day Message from the NFFE Military Veterans Committee On behalf of the NFFE Military Veterans Committee, Chairman Dave Chevalier offers the following Memorial Day message for all of our Veterans, their families and friends, as well as all our BUEs: Memorial Day came into recognition after the U.S. Civil War. Originally called Decoration Day by those...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Legislative Conference Photos are Now Available! View the Album Here It was another impactful week in Washington, D.C. as NFFE representatives held more than 250 meetings with lawmakers during the 2013 IAM Legislative Conference. Lobbying elected officials on issues such as pay, benefits, jobs, and hiring reform, NFFE members certainly made the most of their brief...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • NFFE Veterans Committee Calls for PTSD Stories to Improve Accommodations for Veterans in Federal Workforce The NFFE Military Veterans Committee is asking for your help in an effort to promote changes, improve the application process and ultimately our work environment for the disabled who suffer from hidden disabilities, such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)...     NFFE Military Veterans Committee        more...  
  • Help FEEA Help Federal Employees Impacted by Extreme Weather It's been a rough week for feds across the country, with news stories vilifying agencies and individuals. This public perception makes your job harder as a fed and it makes FEEA's job harder too -- most people outside government don't understand the importance of our mission to help federal...     Federal Employee Education & Assistance Fund        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...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Defense 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...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • 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...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • 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...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • From the Desk of the Legislative Director: NFFE Position Papers Monday, May 13th is the start of the 2013 IAM Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C. We will have NFFE-IAM members from across the country on Capitol Hill all week lobbying lawmakers on the issues that impact federal employees and working families. There have been numerous anti-federal worker...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Upgrade Your Communications Skills with AFL-CIO’s #1u Communications Program! Without a strong communications program, there is no union. You can’t join a union that you do not know exists, right? Better yet, you wouldn’t want to join a union that you do know exists, but never hear from. This is why educating ourselves on the art of member communications is so critical....     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Pentagon Official: BRAC, Job Cuts Coming to Defense Next Year A recent write-up in Government Executive detailed a Tuesday speech from Deputy Secretary Ashton Carter detailing a disturbing 2014 outlook for the Department of Defense (DoD). For Defense employees already facing 14 furlough days this year, the news comes at a very difficult time. At the press...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Federal Employees Fleeing for the Door as Cuts to Pay, Benefits Take their Toll Two-hundred and nineteen thousand, two hundred and twenty. That is the number of federal employees who left the federal government last year – more than 10% of the total workforce – according to Government Executive. This paints a stark picture of the state of the federal government and the...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • HUD Announces Closure of Dozens of Field Offices under Reorganization The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) last week announced a major reorganization that will result in the closure of dozens of offices throughout the country. Targeting the Office of Multifamily Housing Programs and the Office of Field Policy and Management, the proposed...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • REMINDER: Legislative Conference is Just Two Weeks Away Sick and tired of politicians badmouthing federal employees? Ready to stand up and correct the record? Well in two weeks you will have your chance. Do your part to make a difference by joining us May 13-16, 2013 for the IAMAW’s Legislative Conference here in Washington. Lobbying elected officials...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Contractor Executive Pay Soars as Federal Employees Near Rock Bottom If you are prone to anger or sudden bursts of outrage, please look away from your screen. According to a recent piece in the Federal Times, lead executives at some of the largest government contractors are not just seeing their pay increase, but seeing it increase by millions in the space of just...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • NFFE Releases New Vision for Recruiting in Updated Membership Building Strategic Plan After months in the making, NFFE is proud to announce the latest update to our Union’s Membership Building Strategic Plan (MBSP). You can read the plan here. Laying out a bold vision for NFFE’s recruiting operations, the MBSP brings together years of expertise into one document. The plan...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Senate Passes Measure Ending Air Traffic Controller Furloughs; House Expected to Follow Suit With hundreds of thousands of air passengers facing delays at airports throughout the country this week, it appears Congress is ready to put an end to the furloughs causing this mess. Thursday, the Senate passed a measure ending furloughs for air traffic controllers and opening the roughly 150...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • REMINDER: Deadline for 2013 IAM Newsletter and Website Contest is May 10th The 2013 IAM Newsletter and Website Competition is underway, and we’re asking all NFFE locals to enter their newsletter, websites, and Facebook pages today! NFFE locals and the national office smashed records with a total of 19 awards last time, and we’re looking for an even more impressive...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Lots of Argument but Few Solutions from Capitol Hill on Ending Furloughs While it appears progress is being made on ending furloughs for air traffic controllers, there’s been no such luck for the more than a million other federal workers facing furloughs this year. The only two “serious” plans to be introduced in Congress thus far, one by each party, were both...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Report: Air Force Authorized RIFs at 60 Installations, Upwards of 1,000 Jobs at Risk With over 15,000 positions already cut from the branch’s civilian ranks this year, the Air Force Wednesday announced they will be eliminating another 1,000 jobs before the end of the year. In total, 60 Air Force installations will face reductions in force. Unlike the forthcoming furloughs at Air...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • DoD to Ask Congress for New Budget Authorities to Reduce Furloughs According to a recent report in Government Executive, the Department of Defense (DoD) plans to request substantial ‘budget transfer authority’ to reduce the impacts of sequestration. This authority, if granted, could give DoD the flexibility it needs to further reduce or eliminate employee...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Federal Employees on Edge with Furloughs Officially Underway First it was years, then it was months, then weeks; but now, the furloughs have finally arrived and workers are starting to feel the long-anticipated financial pinch. This week thousands of federal employees at the Department of Labor began the first of up to eight days of unpaid furlough days...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Young Federal Employees: Do You Have What it Takes to be a Leader? Start a YFL Chapter at Your Local! Are you interested in becoming a leader? Do you want to become a part of something bigger than yourself? We’re proud to offer you the opportunity to assume a leadership role by starting a YFL Local chapter! We want YOU to stand up and lead the new wave of young leaders entering the workforce. You...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Defense Official: 12,000 Job Cuts Coming to DoD Next Year The Department of Defense is prepared to cut nearly 12,000 jobs next year according to Defense Comptroller Robert Hale. The cuts will come as the first of 40,000-50,000 job cuts scheduled to take effect over the next five years. According to a recent report from the Federal Times, the Department...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • NFFE Local 2109 Members Take to the Streets to Demonstrate Against Furloughs Yesterday, more than 100 Watervliet Arsenal employees hit the streets to demonstrate against 14 days of mandatory sequestration furloughs. The message was clear: federal workers have given enough already. Organized by NFFE Local 2109, the informational picket targeted furloughs and other...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • SFLERP 40th Anniversary Symposium on Labor, Management & Employee Relations is Just Around the Corner! The Society of Federal Labor & Employee Relations Professionals is sponsoring its 40th Anniversary Symposium on Labor, Management and Employee Relations on April 18-19, 2013, at the Holiday Inn Crystal City Hotel in Arlington, VA. The Symposium is the only annual conference that brings together...     Society of Federal Labor & Employee Relations Professionals        more...  
  • Report: Obama Budget Proposal to Include $35 Billion in Federal Retirement Cuts President Obama is planning to include upwards of $35 billion in cuts to federal retirement in his forthcoming budget proposal, according to the Washington Post. The plan was revealed in a conference with White House reporters where Administration staff briefed newsmakers on the details of his...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • RIFs May be Coming to DoD Next Year if Sequestration Cuts Continue With billions more in sequestration cuts to meet next year, senior Department of Defense (DoD) officials are suggesting reductions in force may be necessary to meet the strict budget targets. In a recent webinar organized by the Association of Government Accountants, DoD Comptroller Robert Hale...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • New 'Federal Employee' Newsletter Now Available! This year's first edition of the National Federation of Federal Employees' (NFFE) quarterly newsletter, the Federal Employee, is now available! Featuring a detailed list of the latest anti-federal worker proposals to come out of Congress (furloughs anyone?), this edition focuses on what ordinary...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Defense Furlough Days Reduced from 22 to 14 In a surprise announcement this week, the Department of Defense (DoD) announced that it would reduce the number of mandatory employee furlough days from 22 to 14. The announcement came after DoD reviewed new funding changes included in the recently-passed continuing resolution. Due to a revised...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Legislative Conference is Right Around the Corner! Deadline for Room Discounts is April 8th Lobbying elected officials is critical in our efforts to improve the lives of federal workers across the country. Every day NFFE lobbies Congress and the Administration to ensure that our elected leaders act in the best interest of federal workers and their families. But we are not alone. Many...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Obama Signs Funding Bill Including 2013 Pay Freeze into Law Following the approval of both the House and Senate last week, President Obama signed into law a continuing resolution to fund the government through the remainder of 2013. The measure prevents a government shutdown, but also includes a provision freezing federal pay through the remainder of the...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Defense Furlough Notices Delayed Two Weeks; Fewer Furlough Days a Possibility Thursday, the Department of Defense (DoD) announced that it would be delaying the issuance of furlough notices to hundreds of thousands of civilian employees in response to questions over funding shifts in the latest continuing resolution. Passed by the Senate and confirmed by the House late this...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • House Passes Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Including Painful Cuts to Federal Pay, Benefits, and Jobs Less than 24 hours after Congress cleared a continuing resolution to fund the government through the remainder of 2013, the House of Representatives succeeded in passing a budget resolution for fiscal year 2014. The budget resolution, introduced by Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) last...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Senate Passes Controversial Funding Measure Extending Federal Pay Freeze Through 2013 Wednesday evening, the Senate passed its version of the continuing resolution, a funding measure poised to keep the government open through the close of the fiscal year in September. Though a government shutdown appears to have been averted, the bill’s passage virtually guarantees that federal...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Get Expert Union Advice from Your National Business Representative! As Unionists we have all run into situations where we simply don’t have the requisite knowledge or experience to effectively conduct our representational duties and union functions. In times like these NFFE representatives can turn to their personal labor-relations and internal union expert:...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • FEEA Scholarship Deadline Rapidly Approaching; Submit Your Application No Later than March 29th If you or a family member are planning to apply for FEEA's 2013-14 scholarships, the due date is just two weeks away -- all applications must be postmarked no later than Friday, March 29, 2013. Visit the scholarship page to learn more or download the application, check out our Partner Programs...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • NFFE Welcomes New Assistant General Counsel Philip Snodgrass NFFE is committed to ensuring that all of our members get the best representation possible. But as our union continues to grow, so too do the representational challenges we face. Keeping up with the demands of a rapidly-growing membership base, NFFE is proud to announce the hiring of a new...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • One Year Pay Freeze Extension Almost a Reality as House, Senate Abandon Federal Employees This week, the Senate a proposed a stopgap funding measure known as a “continuing resolution” to fund the government through the remainder of the fiscal year. Following in the footsteps of the House version of the bill, the Senate measure also includes a one-year extension of the much-maligned...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • House Budget Chairman Releases FY 2014 Budget Targeting Federal Pay, Retirement, and Jobs As hundreds of thousands of federal employees stare down anywhere from 4 to 22 furlough days (and the resulting loss in pay) some in Congress think federal workers need to give even more. Tuesday, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) released his annual budget proposal to the public,...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Engage Your Members by Starting a Local Facebook Page! The communications landscape has changed rapidly over the past decade. Without a doubt, one of the most influential shifts has been the emergence of social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Among the more than 1 billion regular social media users across the world are NFFE...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Setting the Record Straight on Union Official Time: An Open Letter to Senator Lamar Alexander I would like to start by thanking you for pointing out the mismanagement of the Office of Job Corps and the deficient FY 2013 budget request for the program that does not accurately reflect its true cost. We agree that Job Corps centers should not be closed to score political points. I’ve...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Congresswoman Introduces Legislation to Slash 200,000 Federal Jobs over Three Years Congresswoman Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) introduced a bill to cut the federal workforce by ten percent over three years, for a total reduction of 200,000 jobs. The Federal Workforce Reduction Through Attrition Act would reduce federal rolls by hiring only one federal worker for every three who retire...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • House Passes Funding Measure Extending Federal Pay Freeze through 2013, Preserving Sequester Wednesday, the House of Representatives passed a funding measure including a provision to extend the much-maligned federal pay freeze and allowing automatic sequestration cuts to take effect. The bill, H.R. 933, is what Washington refers to as a “continuing resolution,” (CR) which is a stop-gap...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Sequestration Cuts Have Entered Effect: What Happens Now? It’s official: On Friday, March 1st, $85 billion in automatic sequestration cuts have taken effect. So what happens next? Rather than a sudden hit to federal payrolls, sequestration will take the better part of the next two months to enter effect, depending on your agency. Here’s a quick timeline...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Back for More: Senate GOP Targets Federal Pay, Retirement and Annuity Supplement for Cuts to Delay Sequester Congressional Republicans did not waste much time targeting the federal workforce for cuts since the 113th Congress was seated this January. We have already seen bills to freeze pay, slash the workforce, and eliminate overtime. Now, Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) is throwing her hat in the ring with...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • National President Dougan Takes Fight to Stop Furloughs to the Television Airwaves This morning, NFFE National President William R. Dougan sat down with DC WUSA Channel 9’s Jessica Doyle to talk about the importance of speaking up in opposition to the coming furloughs of most of the federal workforce. In the interview, Dougan stressed federal workers’ first amendment right to...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • How Will Up to 22 Furlough Days Impact Your Livelihood? Share Your Story Here and We’ll Share it with Congress! With just days before massive sequestration cuts hit federal agencies March 1st, the time for federal employees to take action is now! We want to tell Congress, the White House, the media, and the American people how painful these furloughs will be for you, your family, and your community. If we...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • DoD Announces 20% Pay Cut for Most Employees in Official Notification to Congress Wednesday, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta penned a letter to Congress and civilian employees announcing 22 days of furloughs for 700,000 of the Department of Defense’s (DoD) 800,000 employees if sequestration takes effect March 1st. Panetta explained that furloughs will be taken one day per week...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • DoD to Labor Leaders: No Furloughs Until April 26th, Some Employees Exempt On a conference call with labor representatives early Wednesday, DoD Assistant Secretary for Readiness and Force Management Frederick Vollrath revealed new details about the Department’s furlough plans in the event sequestration is allowed to hit March 1st. According to the most recent estimates,...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • REMINDER: Deadline for 2013 IAM Newsletter and Website Contest is May 10th The 2013 IAM Newsletter and Website Competition is underway, and we’re asking all NFFE locals to enter their newsletter, websites, and Facebook pages today! NFFE locals and the national office smashed records with a total of 19 awards last time, and we’re looking for an even more impressive...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Administration Outlines Detailed Sequestration Cuts for Dozens of Key Government Services We have been saying it for months – more than a trillion dollars in automatic sequestration cuts will have a massive impact on the ability of the government to complete its mission. We also said that the worst impact of sequestration will not be felt by the agencies themselves, but the people who...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • NFFE Issues Call for Interest in Serving on National Committee on Minority Issues At the 49th NFFE National Convention in Portland, Oregon last year, delegates unanimously voted to create a new national committee to promote awareness of issues facing minorities in the federal workforce. In doing so, they etched into our union’s bylaws a commitment to equality and fair...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • President Obama to Request 1 Percent Pay Boost in FY 2014 Budget On a conference call with the Administration Friday afternoon, NFFE was informed that President Obama intends to include a one percent federal pay increase in his Fiscal Year 2014 budget request. The request comes on the heels of a spirited battle between the President and Congress over the 2013...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • A Letter from National President Dougan: Support the United Way For over 65 years the AFL-CIO and its partners in the labor community have worked with the United Way to build stronger, more prosperous families and communities. With so many workers today struggling to make ends meet, it is more important than ever to continue supporting this partnership by...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Obama Calls for Sequestration Delay as Federal Agencies Prepare for Mass Furloughs President Obama held a press conference Tuesday urging Congress develop a measure to delay the more than $85 billion in automatic sequestration cuts, set to take effect March 1st. Though no specific proposal was offered, the President suggested a mix of minor revenue-raising tax reforms and...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • President Obama Signs Bill Lifting Federal Borrowing Limit through May President Obama Tuesday signed a measure suspending the federal debt ceiling through May 18th, delaying what is expected to be another intense debate. The bill also included a “No Budget No Pay” provision to encourage members of Congress to pass a budget on time this year. The bill originated in...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Sequestration and the Debt-Ceiling: Your Guide to a Federal Workforce Disaster in the Making (UPDATED) When Congress and the President agreed to a smaller than expected deal to avert the so-called “fiscal cliff” this month, federal employees got a bad deal. This was not because of what was in the deal, which was actually quite positive; it was what had been left out – comprehensive solutions to...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Senate Follows in House’s Footsteps, Passes Bill Delaying Debt Ceiling Adjustment Until May Thursday, the Senate passed a House bill, H.R. 325, to temporarily lift the federal debt limit until May, putting off what is expected to be another rancorous debate about the paying the nation’s bills. President Obama is expected to follow with his signature in the coming days. The bill, also...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • NFFE National Veterans Committee Sets Ambitious Course at First Meeting Last week, the new NFFE National Veterans Committee held their first conference call to lay out plans for improving awareness and engagement on Veterans’ issues within the federal workforce. Led by interim-Chair David Chevalier, the committee boasts more than a dozen members from NFFE locals...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • It’s Tax Season: Don’t Forget to Deduct Your Union Dues! Tax season is officially here! I know, please hold your applause. Yes, it’s never a fun thing to do with your time, but we have a tip that could make your tax return just a bit brighter this year. Did you know that union members who itemize their deductions are permitted to deduct their union...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter: Mass Furloughs Coming to DoD in April Without Sequestration Deal At a press conference with reporters last week, Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter painted a gloomy picture for the Department of Defense (DoD) should Congress fail to reach a deal to avoid sequestration by March 1st. According to Carter, hundreds of thousands of Defense workers would be...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Sequestration and the Debt-Ceiling: Your Guide to a Federal Workforce Disaster in the Making (UPDATED) When Congress and the President agreed to a smaller than expected deal to avert the so-called “fiscal cliff” this January, federal employees got a bad deal. This was not because of what was in the deal, which was actually quite positive; it was what had been left out – comprehensive solutions to...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • House Passes Temporary Debt Ceiling Relief with “No Budget, No Pay” Provision Wednesday the House voted to temporarily lift the federal debt limit until May, putting off a major political showdown between the two parties next month. One key provision of measure – known as “No Budget, No Pay” – would temporarily cease payments to members of Congress if a budget is not...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Vote to Freeze Federal Pay through 2013 Delayed by House Leadership Late Friday afternoon, House Republican leadership backtracked on its plans to hold a vote on a federal pay freeze this week. Due to intense pressure from federal employees and their union representatives, the measure has since been removed from the legislative calendar indefinitely. The measure,...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Register Today for the Basic Web Development Class at the IAM’s William W. Winpisinger Center This is the official call for the IAM Basic Web Development Class scheduled to be held April 28-May 3, 2013, at the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center at Placid Harbor in Hollywood, MD. Offered by the IAM Communications Department, this basic-level class is for lodges just...     International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers        more...  
  • A New Year’s Resolution for NFFE Leaders: Ten Steps to Building a More Effective Local There is no magic bullet for recruiting success. Every local is different. With that said, there are several things that all locals can and should be doing to increase visibility and build membership. Here are some of the most effective tricks you can use to make 2013 the best year your local has...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • It’s Not Too Early to Prepare for Legislative Conference 2013 Lobbying elected officials is critical in our efforts to improve the lives of federal workers across the country. With the NFFE National Office turning the wheels of power in Washington, D.C., our mission is to ensure that our elected leaders act in the best interest of federal workers and their...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Congress to Vote Next Week on Bill Extending Federal Pay Freeze Through 2013 Just days into the new 113th Congress, one freshman legislator is looking to make his name off the back of federal employees. This week, Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla), and 28 other house Republicans introduced a bill (H.R. 273) to freeze federal pay for a third consecutive year. The measure, which...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • January 31 Deadline for Thousands in Union Plus Scholarships Fast Approaching You still have time to apply for a 2013 Union Plus Scholarship. The deadline for applications is January 31. This year's application is entirely online. Scholarships are from $500 to $4,000 and do not require repayment. Since 1992, some 2,200 families have benefited from the Union Plus...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Professional Pre-Retirement Training Now Available for NFFE-IAM Members The purpose of this communication is to advise NFFE-IAM membership of a special service now available to NFFE-IAM members preparing for retirement. Double Health USA (DHUSA) is providing free individual pre-retirement counseling to our members. DHUSA IAMAW Pre-Retirement Planning provides...     International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers        more...  
  • Sequestration and the Debt-Ceiling: Your Guide to a Federal Workforce Disaster in the Making When Congress and the President agreed to a smaller than expected deal to avert the so-called “fiscal cliff” this month, federal employees got a bad deal. This was not because of what was in the deal, which was actually quite positive; it was what had been left out – comprehensive solutions to...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Apply Now for the Richard N. Brown Memorial Scholarship, Hundreds of Other FEEA Scholarships The application for this year's annual FEEA Scholarship competition, including the Richard N. Brown Memorial Scholarship, is now available! This year, two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to NFFE members seeking to further their educational attainment. You can download your application here....     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • New Edition of the 'Federal Employee' Newsletter Now Available! 2012's final edition of the National Federation of Federal Employees' (NFFE) quarterly newsletter, the Federal Employee, is now available!Featuring news and photos from NFFE's 49th National Convention, this edition paints a detailed picture of what the next four years will look like for NFFE, and...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Obama Orders End to Federal Pay Freeze; Congress Says ‘Not So Fast’ Last month, President Obama issued an executive order bringing an end to the more than two-year federal pay freeze. Effective March 27th, 2013, federal workers will see a pay increase of 0.5%; a small sum, but more than anything federal employees have seen since 2010. In the closing days of the...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • What the Fiscal Cliff Deal Means for Federal Employees As many of us were ringing in the New Year with family and friends, Washington was the site of feverish activity surrounding the so-called ‘fiscal cliff.’ In the wee hours of New Year’s Day, the Senate passed a compromise agreement, which was passed by the House later that evening. With the dust...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • National President Dougan Pens Letter to House Legislators Before Vote Impacting Federal Retirement Security On behalf of the National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE) and the 110,000 federal employees our union represents throughout the United States and abroad, I am writing to urge you to vote “No” on H.R. 6684, which is expected on the House floor today. H.R. 6684 would require massive...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Provision Slashing 36,000 Defense Jobs Survives Conference Committee The Department of Defense (DoD) would be required to reduce the number of civilian and contractor employees by 5% under the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), approved by a House-Senate conference committee Tuesday. In total, the reduction is expected to eliminate as many as 36,000...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Day of Action a Big Success as Capitol Hill, Media, Change Tune on Federal Employee Compensation Cuts The results from Federal Employees Day of Action are in, and they’re big. In little more than a day, federal employees wrote more than 1,000 letters to over 200 Capitol Hill offices, made countless more phone calls, and put the issue of stopping federal workforce cuts back on the media map. In...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Federal Employees Day of Action is TODAY! Click Here to Do Your Part Federal Employees Day of Action is finally here and the momentum is already starting to build. Federal workers from all across the country are signing letters to congress, calling their elected officials, and building awareness on social media. Why are so many federal employees stepping up and...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • IAM Announces Opening of 2013 Photography Contest – Submit your Photos Today! This is the official announcement of the 2013 IAM Photography Contest. It is open to all IAM members in good standing. Entries should catch IAM members at work in non-posed photos. Winning entries will win a cash prize and will appear in the 2014 IAM Calendar. Two dollars from each calendar sale...     International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers        more...  
  • 2013 Local Financial Officer Courses at IAM’s Winpisinger Center Now Open – Enroll Today! This is to announce that next year there will be five Financial Officers’ Seminars conducted by the General Secretary-Treasurer’s Department. These seminars will be conducted at the William W. Winpisinger Education & Technology Center at Placid Harbor in Hollywood, Maryland and are limited to...     International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers        more...  
  • IAM Announces Opening of 2013 Newsletter and Website Contest; Enter Your Publication Today! The 2013 IAM Newsletter and Website Competition is officially underway! NFFE locals and the national office smashed records with a total of 19 awards last time, and we’re looking for an even more impressive performance this year. Honoring excellence in both print and digital labor journalism, the...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Federal Employees Day of Action is December 18th - Help Us Stop Washington from Taking Feds Over the Fiscal Cliff Washington politicians are at it again. If they don’t find a way to avoid the “fiscal cliff” by year’s end, federal workers could see devastating cuts to their pay, retirement, health care, and jobs. Congress may have created this problem, but it is up to you to fix it. On Federal Employee Day of...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Register Now for Women’s Program and Human Rights Seminar at the Winpisinger Center We are happy to inform you that space is still available in two upcoming classes at the William W. Winpisinger Center: the Basic Women’s Program and the Human Rights Training. Both classes are scheduled to run simultaneously on February 24th-March 1st and August 25th-30th of 2013. The Basic...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Senate Approves Defense Bill Including Workforce Cuts, Contractor Pay Caps The Senate this week approved its version of the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act, a Department of Defense (DoD) appropriations measure to fund next year’s Defense activities. The controversial bill included a civilian workforce reduction of 5% and a cap on contractor executive salaries....     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Senate Supports Measure to Reform Hatch Act, Soften Penalties The U.S. Senate Friday unanimously passed the 2012 Hatch Act Modernization Act, a measure to reform the Hatch Act for the first time in nearly 20 years. Among other key changes, the legislation lightens penalties for offenders and loosens restrictions for state and local employees seeking elected...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • NFFE and Other Groups Call on Elected Officials to Spare Feds from Further Cuts In a letter sent to the Congressional leadership, NFFE and other federal employee organizations urged the exclusion of federal workers from deeper cuts to pay and benefits. The message: feds have already sacrificed enough. Organized by the Federal-Postal coalition, the letter gained the...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • NFFE’s Young Federal Leaders Initiative Ready for Action with New Strategic Plan There’s no question that NFFE’s Young Federal Leaders (YFL) initiative is gathering steam. At locals throughout the country, YFL materials are starting to make their way onto local bulletin boards, websites, and social media pages. At the national level, the YFL National Committee has grown to...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • NFFE Members Save Big with Member-Only Insurance Benefits One of the many benefits of NFFE membership is exclusive access to discounted products and services through organizations like Union Plus, Apple, and Geico. Arguably the best benefit offered to NFFE members also happens to be one of the least known: supplemental insurance benefits. Through NFFE’s...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • A Veterans Day Message from the Desk of the President Veterans Day is a day to celebrate and honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country and willingness to sacrifice for the common good. It provides an opportunity for us to remember and honor the sacrifices our veterans have made in defending our country and protecting the rights...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • With Election in the Rear View Mirror, Serious Threats on the Horizon for Federal Employees Winning by a count of 303 electoral votes to Republican opponent Mitt Romney’s 206 (Florida’s 29 EV’s are still outstanding), Barack Obama cinched a second four-year term as President of the United States. Among the many responsibilities of the President is to lead the Executive branch,...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • From the Desk of the President: Call for Interest in Formation of NFFE Veterans Committee The National Federation of Federal Employees recognizes that veterans face a unique variety of issues, concerns, and difficulties in the federal workplace. To better serve our members who are veterans, our union is founding the NFFE Veterans Committee to aid and assist them with these challenges....     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • The Key to Your Digital Union Office: Get Your User’s Guide to the NFFE Website Here Every year, hundreds of thousands of users register millions of hits on the NFFE website, consuming news, trainings, representational forms, visibility materials, and countless other resources. During that time some members were lucky enough to receive training at the Winpisinger Center, or read...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Special Message from FEEA: FEEA Stands Ready to Assist Feds Affected by Sandy With Hurricane Sandy bearing down on the East Coast, the Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund (FEEA) stands ready to assist civilian federal and postal employees impacted by the storm. Disaster grants of up to $500 will be available to employees in hard-hit areas experiencing verifiable...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • FLRA and MSPB Training Slides from NFFE Convention Now Available! At NFFE’s 49th National Convention earlier this month, we were lucky to have the leaders from both the Federal Labor Relations Authority and Merit Systems Protection Board join us to deliver trainings. These trainings were widely popular with those in attendance. Now you can have a look at them...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Federal Salary Council Finds Big Jump as Public-Private Pay Gap Hits 34.6% The Federal Salary Council (FSC) recently announced findings from its annual report on the public-private pay gap, and the numbers are eye popping. In the matter of just one year, the private sector pay premium shot up from 26.3% to 34.6%. For federal employees working comparable jobs to these...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • New 'Federal Employee' Newsletter Now Available! This year's third edition of the National Federation of Federal Employees' (NFFE) quarterly newsletter, the Federal Employee, is now available! Featuring a side by side comparison of the presidential candidates’ positions on key federal worker issues like pay and retirement, this edition paints a...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • The Day that Was: A Recap of Days Three and Four of the 49th NFFE National Convention Packed with new business, awards, and two different “big announcements,” days three and four of NFFE’s 49th National Convention were just as action-packed as the preceding two. Day three started with a bang, as members affirmed NFFE’s endorsement of Barack Obama for President of the United...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Photos from NFFE’s 49th National Convention are Now Available! Get Them Here NFFE’s 49th National Convention, held in Portland, Oregon, came and went in the blink of an eye. Didn’t get a chance to be there yourself? Don’t worry, because you can view the entire weeklong Convention in just one photo album. Below you can find the official Convention album straight...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • The Day that Was: A Recap of Day Two of the 49th NFFE National Convention After a rousing day of speeches by luminaries in government and labor, Day two impressed in equal measure with appearances by Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry, Federal Labor Relations Authority Chair Carol Waller Pope, and Merit Systems Protection Board Chair Susan Tsui...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • The Day that Was: A Recap of Day One of the NFFE National Convention Day one of the 49th NFFE National Convention is officially in the books, and the mood inside the convention hall here in Portland, OR could only be described as emotional. Packed with speeches from labor leaders within and outside of NFFE, the message of the day was clear: there is strength in...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • NFFE National Convention Officially Kicks Off! It’s official – after four years of hard work by our locals and national office, the 49th NFFE National Convention is officially under way! Held at the historic Benson Hotel in Portland, Oregon, the Convention will continue through October 4th. Be on the lookout for the latest Convention news and...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • National President Dougan Talks Jobs, Sequestration, and the Presidential Election with Federal News Radio This past Friday, NFFE National President William R. Dougan sat down with Federal News Radio’s Francis Rose to talk about the union’s priorities as we enter an immensely important period for federal workforce policy. With the threat of sequestration looming, potential changes in the White House...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • FEEA Helping the Families of Fallen Diplomats The Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund (FEEA) honors our fallen diplomats, working to recognize their service and sacrifice by providing educational assistance to surviving children through FEEA's Diplomatic Fund. The Fund was set up by the Department of State and the Department of...     Federal Employee Education & Assistance Fund        more...  
  • Romney Promises 10% Reduction in Federal Jobs, Wage and Benefit Cuts, in Recent Policy Speech With the presidential elections less than two months away, candidates have started to assert their positions on key federal employee issues. Republican nominee Mitt Romney offered his stance and other key policy positions in a speech before the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Los Angeles, CA...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Federal Workforce Standing on Precipice as Administration Report Outlines "Devastating" Sequestration Cuts “Devastating impact.” “Threat.” “Destructive.” These are the words the Obama White House chose to describe the $1.2 trillion in impending sequestration cuts in a recent report detailing the automatic reductions. The report, issued Friday as required by the recently-approved Sequestration...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Budget Experts: Forthcoming Sequestration Cuts Will Result in Furloughs in 2013 Several leading budget experts believe that next year’s massive sequestration cuts will result in furloughs and RIFs at many federal agencies, according a recent piece in Government Executive magazine. The experts, speaking at the magazine’s annual Excellence in Government conference last week,...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • REMINDER: 49th NFFE National Convention is Just Around the Corner As summer comes to a close, we are now less than one month away from the beginning of the 49th NFFE National Convention. Scheduled for October 1-4, 2012, the union’s quadrennial Convention will take place at the historic Benson Hotel in downtown Portland. Time is running out, so locals are...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • From the Desk of the President: Honoring Those Who Labor We celebrate the proud history of all workers across the country this Labor Day. No matter what your job is, the collective efforts of us all make this nation strong and safe. On this day, we acknowledge the contributions of the men and women who came before us; who toiled and sacrificed to...     National President William R. Dougan        more...  
  • New Estimates Suggest Agencies Will See 7-8% Reductions Across-the-Board from Sequestration; Few Good Options Remain for Feds New estimates from the Professional Services Council, an organization of government contracting firms, suggest Defense and nearly all non-Defense agencies will see cuts in the 7-8% range when sequestration takes effect next year. Sequestration cuts of over $100 billion are mandated for 2013 as a...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Register Now for the Next Communicator’s Class at the IAMAW’s William W. Winpisinger Center This is the official announcement of the IAM’s Communicator class to be held December 9-14, 2012, at the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center at Placid harbor in Hollywood, MD. Offered by the IAM Communications Department, this basic course is geared toward lodge Communicators...     International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers        more...  
  • FEEA Stands Ready to Assist Feds Affected by Hurricane Isaac With Hurricane Isaac pummeling the Gulf Coast, the Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund (FEEA) stands ready to assist civilian federal and postal employees impacted by the storm. Disaster grants of up to $500 will be available to employees in hard-hit areas. Employees in need of help...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • NFFE Locals, National Office, Smash Records with 19 Awards in 2012 IAM Newsletter and Website Competition The winners of the 2012 IAM Newsletter and Website Contest have been released, and the results are nothing short of incredible. Of the 46 total awards granted, NFFE took home more than 40% of them, with 19 combined awards. An astonishing 13 of those awards went to five NFFE locals (from four...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • National President Dougan Talks Pay Freeze Extension with Federal News Radio (Audio) Wednesday, NFFE National President William R. Dougan joined Federal News Radio’s Francis Rose to discuss the recently announced federal pay freeze extension. Covering everything from federal pay to promoting the importance of public service, the wide-ranging interview can be accessed by clicking...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Federal Pay Freeze Extension: What it Means for Your Wallet As many of you have likely heard by now, earlier this week the White House issued a letter to Congress calling for a three-month extension of the federal pay freeze. Here’s what you need to know about the extension and how it impacts you. The federal pay freeze, beginning in January 1, 2011, was...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Back for More: National Newspaper Smears Federal Workers with Another Misleading Article on Retirement Benefits For the past several years, the nation’s most widely circulated newspaper, USA Today, has published high profile stories disparaging the pay and benefits of federal employees. One story claimed federal employees earn double that of workers in the private sector despite conclusive BLS reports...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Feds Helping Feds: FEEA Offers Millions in Emergency Loans and Scholarships to Federal Employees As union sisters and brothers, we understand that there is strength in working together toward common goals. In this spirit NFFE was a founding member of the Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund (FEEA), the only organization dedicated solely to helping federal workers and their families...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Detailed Agenda for 49th NFFE National Convention Now Available! The NFFE National Office today released a detailed agenda for members planning to attend the 49th NFFE National Convention in Portland, Oregon. Attendees and other non-attendee members can access the agenda by clicking here. Scheduled for Oct. 1-4, members from across the nation are encouraged to...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • FINAL REMINDER: Credential Forms for 49th NFFE National Convention Due August 15th NFFE’s 49th National Convention is less than two months away. By now, locals should have received their credential forms, and started making arrangements for delegates to represent their members in Portland this fall. Credential forms were mailed to every NFFE local on June 1, 2012. These forms...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Congress Plays the Blame Game over Sequestration, Feds Left in State of Uncertainty Attention federal employees: if you are looking for an uplifting story to buoy your spirits this weekend, shut down your computer immediately. To date there have been a long list of studies published on the potential fallout from $109 billion in mandatory sequestration cuts scheduled to hit the...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • REMINDER: Credential Forms for 49th NFFE National Convention Due August 15th NFFE’s 49th National Convention is just a two short months away. By now, locals should have received their credential forms, and started making arrangements for delegates to represent their members in Portland this fall. Credential forms were mailed to every NFFE local on June 1, 2012. These...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Congress Reaches Deal on Six Month Stop-Gap Spending Measure to Avoid Shutdown Good news, federal employees: It appears we will not have another government shutdown scare when the fiscal year expires on September 30, 2012. According to Government Executive, Congressional leaders from both parties have agreed to a six month stop-gap spending measure to keep the government...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Congressman: Sequestration Will Kill 89,000 Defense Jobs – Pink Slips Coming as Soon as September In a Congressional hearing Thursday, Congressman Randy Forbes (R-VA) warned of the dire consequences facing the Department of Defense and its employees if $56.7 billion in scheduled sequestration cuts were to be made on January 2nd. In total, Forbes estimates 89,000 civilian jobs will be lost in...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Children of Federal Workers’ Same Sex Partners Eligible for Health Insurance Under New Regulation According to a recent article in the Federal Times, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) published a new regulation last week extending eligibility for FEHB and FEDV insurance benefits to children of same sex domestic partners employed by the federal government. Under the new regulation,...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Report: Sequestration Cuts May Cost Nearly 280,000 Federal Jobs by 2013 As the presidential campaign kicks into high gear, the issues at the front of most voters’ minds are job growth and the economy. What many don’t realize at the moment is just how close the country is to taking a major hit to the employment rolls. If sequestration – the automatic $115 billion...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Annual SAVE Award Competition Officially Open; Submit Your Ideas Today! Do you want to make a difference by saving millions of taxpayer dollars and make government work more effectively? Well now’s your chance: NFFE is encouraging all of our members to participate in the fourth annual SAVE Award Competition. The annual Securing American Value and Efficiency (SAVE)...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • REMINDER: Credential Forms for 49th NFFE National Convention Due August 15th NFFE’s 49th National Convention is just a few short months away. By now, locals should have received their credential forms, and started making arrangements for delegates to represent their members in Portland this fall. Credential forms were mailed to every NFFE local on June 1, 2012. These...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Dougan Federal Times Op-Ed: Benefits Victory for Seasonal Firefighters Just First Step It comes as no surprise that federal employee benefits have been the subject of intense debate in recent years. From pay freezes to retirement cuts and health care reforms, there has been no shortage of discussions for or against altering your benefits. The one benefits story that hasn’t been...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Candidates for NFFE National Office Announced; Biographies Now Available Online This October, NFFE will hold its 49th National Convention at the historic Benson Hotel in Portland, Oregon. Among other important duties, delegates to the Convention will elect officers to NFFE’s National Executive Council (NEC) to serve four-year terms. The NEC is comprised of the National...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • It Pays to Be NFFE – Members Only Insurance and Consumer Discounts Save Bundles Did you know that NFFE-IAM members have access to some of the best consumer, financial, and educational benefits around? You can save on everything from vacations and laptop computers, to life and dental insurance. In fact, many members save more money than they spend in dues each year! So what...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Seasonal Firefighters’ Campaign for Health Care Victorious as White House Extends New Benefits It is said that one must never doubt that a small group of committed individuals can change the world. Today, John Lauer, a NFFE member and federal firefighter, did exactly that by succeeding in his campaign to extend health care benefits to the more than 8,000 wildland firefighters battling...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • House and Senate Fail to Appropriate Federal Pay Adjustment; Obama Calls for End to Freeze Last Thursday, President Barack Obama made a threat to veto the House version of the fiscal 2013 Financial Services appropriations bill in an effort to confront the ongoing silence in the House and Senate on the federal pay raise. “[A] permanent pay freeze is neither sustainable nor desirable,”...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • VIDEO: NFFE-IAM Member John Lauer Talks Wildland Firefighters’ Health Care Campaign with NBC Nightly News Friday night, NFFE-IAM member John Lauer and fellow members of the Tatanka hotshot wildland firefighter crew joined NBC Nightly News to discuss their struggle for health benefits. Despite the danger they face on and off the fire line, temporary seasonal wildland firefighters cannot purchase...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • New 'Federal Employee' Newsletter Now Available! This year's second edition of the National Federation of Federal Employees' (NFFE) quarterly newsletter, the Federal Employee, is now available! Featuring a reprisal of the many accomplishments made before, during, and after the 2012 IAM Legislative Conference, the second quarter edition...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Wildland Firefighter John Lauer’s Petition for Health Benefits Ignites Media Firestorm; Sign it Here! Over the past two weeks NFFE has told you the story of John Lauer, a wildland firefighter and NFFE member who took a stand for thousands of his fellow federal firemen who lack health insurance. At first, word only spread in a trickle. But that has all changed in the matter of a few days, and in a...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Poll: 1 in 3 Americans Think Mass Layoffs of Federal Workers Would Help Economy Federal employees, prepare to be dumbfounded. A recent poll conducted by research giant Rasmussen found that 32 percent of Americans believe that layoffs of 100,000 federal workers would be good for the economy. 47 percent said it would be bad for the economy with another 10 percent having no...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Reminder: Amendment and Resolution Proposals for 49th NFFE National Convention Due August 1st As the NFFE National Convention approaches, it is important to ensure that all proposed amendments and resolutions to the NFFE national bylaws be submitted by close of business August 1st. Amendments propose changes to the Bylaws and are specifically addressed in Article XV of the National...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Want to Make a Difference? Share Your Story with the ‘I Am a Federal Employee’ Blog! Let’s face it – it’s been a rough two years for federal employees. Between the pay freeze, RIFs, budget reductions, and retirement cuts, we are all just about at the end of our ropes. If we truly want to turns things around, we need to come out and say it ourselves. That is why we are encouraging...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Federal Pay Raise Shot Down by Senate Subcommittee Last Thursday, a Senate panel advanced a spending bill that is suspected to further extend the pay freeze for federal employees in light of a recommended pay raise. With no funding or specific language regarding federal employee’s salaries, the bill’s ambiguity leaves many to question what is to...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Over 100,000 Signatures Strong – Wildland Firefighter’s Health Care Petition Becomes an “All for One” and “One for All” Effort NFFE is asking federal workers to support the cause of one man for the sake of many. His name is John Lauer, NFFE-IAM member and seasonal wildland firefighter with the U.S. Forest Service. John is on a mission to help the brave men and women on the fire line gain access to affordable health...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Do Your Part to Demand Health Benefits for Wildland Firefighters; Sign This Petition Today! NFFE is encouraging all federal workers to sign this petition in support of extending health insurance benefits to seasonal wildland firefighters. Every year these dedicated women and men protect homes and businesses from being consumed by wild fires. Many return year after year, but because...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • House of Representatives Votes to Freeze Their Own Pay Through 2013 In a surprising move last week, the House of Representatives voted to freeze their own pay through 2013. The vote came after two years of non-stop efforts to freeze federal pay and cut benefits, culminating in a two-year pay freeze and a hefty increase in pension contributions for new hires. Just...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Senate Committee Approves Measure to Rein in Excessive Contractor Executive Pay One of the major headlines in the federal workforce community in recent months was the decision to increase reimbursement rates for top government contractor executives by tens of thousands of dollars - $70,000 over the last two years, to be exact. Outrage ensued as federal employees trapped in a...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Republican Leadership Proposes Tapping Federal Pensions to Pay for Student Loan Interest Rate Extension Last week, House and Senate Republican leadership penned a letter to President Obama offering their proposals to prevent student loan interest rates from increasing. Their plan for funding the extension? Dipping into your retirement savings. Signed by House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), House...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • NFFE Local 1904 Saves Job of “Exemplary” VA Physician After Unlawful Firing Dr. Joseph “Edward” DeJean is by every standard a good doctor. A career physician and federal employee, Dr. DeJean worked as a radiologist at the New Orleans VA Medical Center in Louisiana for 25 years. That was until July of 2010, when Dr. DeJean’s supervisor fired him after he wrongfully...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Donate to the Federal Employees Education & Assistance Fund by May 31st and Have Your Donation Quadrupled We have now arrived at the final week of FEEA's May fundraiser, and thanks to 161 feds who so far have donated a total of $12,345. With our special "triple the impact" match from the BlueCross/BlueShield Association and GEICO, our total heading into the homestretch is $37,035. But we still need...     Federal Employees Education & Assistance Fund        more...  
  • NFFE Signs Statement of Support for Employer Support of Guard and Reserve; Encourages Local Participation Thursday, NFFE National President William R. Dougan joined David L. McGinnis, Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs, to sign a statement support for the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). ESGR is a Department of Defense office dedicated to protecting the...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Attempt to Ban Official Time for Protecting Employees Falters After Pressure From Workers A recent amendment targeting official time, an essential component of effective labor-management relations in the federal sector, was defeated in the House of Representatives this week after an intense call-in and lobbying campaign from federal employees. The proposed amendment would have...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Photos from the 2012 IAM Legislative Conference Are Now Available. See Them Here! Another legislative conference is in the books and hundreds of NFFE-IAM members are returning home from a very successful week of lobbying their elected officials in Washington, D.C. This legislative conference saw speeches from some of the most prominent figures in politics with appearances by...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • ACTION ALERT: May 16th Tell House to Vote NO on Amendment 38 to Ban Official Time Once again, politicians are trying to beat up on federal employees and their unions by eliminating official time for union representatives. This time is used to represent employees in grievance proceedings, unfair labor practices, and discrimination investigations. Without it, many will suffer....     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • ACTION ALERT: TODAY Tell the House of Representatives to Vote NO on Amendment 38 to Ban Official Time Once again, politicians are trying to beat up on federal employees and their unions by eliminating official time for union representatives. This time is used to represent employees in grievance proceedings, unfair labor practices, and discrimination investigations. Without it, many will suffer....     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Senate Committee Approves Bill Extending Benefits to Same Sex Partners of Federal Employees The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs today passed S. 1910, a bill to extend federal benefits to same sex partners of federal employees. Formally known as the Federal Employees Domestic Partner Benefits and Obligations Act, the newly approved measure seeks to open...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • NFFE Position Papers for 2012 Legislative Conference Now Available! As you know, the 2012 IAM Legislative Conference is just around the corner. Next week, hundreds of NFFE-IAM members from across the country will come to Washington, D.C. and talk federal worker issues with their members of Congress. NFFE’s Legislative Department has assembled these position...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Five Percent Increase in Employee Pension Contributions Passes House Thursday, a bill containing a five percent increase in federal worker pension contributions passed the House of Representatives, bringing with it considerable risk for already cash-strapped federal families. Introduced by Republican Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI), the Sequester...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • A Letter From the Desk of the President: Honoring Our Nurses It is only appropriate that this week, in addition to recognizing public servants, we also recognize our nation’s dedicated nurses. As I write you today, tens of millions of nurses across America and the world are sharing with their fellow man an essential, yet rare, commodity: care. This...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • DC Young Trade Unionists Offer Scholarship for Course on Women in the Labor Movement The DC Young Trade Unionists are offering a scholarship for a young woman interested in attending the UALE Northeast Summer School for Union Women at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. The program aims to “strengthen their students’ knowledge and understanding of the U.S. labor movement,...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • From the Desk of the President: Quietly Making the Difference More so than any Pubic Service Recognition Week I can remember, federal employees are feeling uncertain about what the future holds. It seems like every week a new attack on their pay, benefits, or jobs emerges from the media and Capitol Hill, casting a dark shadow over their work lives. In this...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Proposed Bill Would Boost Automatic TSP Contributions to 5% for New Hires According to a recent article in the Federal Times, Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-HI) plans to introduce a bill increasing the Thrift Savings Plan’s (TSP) automatic employee enrollment contribution rate from 3% to 5% for new hires. The increased contribution would automatically be invested into the G Fund...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Deadline Fast Approaching for 2012 IAM Newsletter and Website Contest; Enter Your Publication Today! Don't forget that the deadline for the 2012 IAM Newsletter & Website Contest is rapidly approaching. All submissions must be received by the IAM Communications Department by Friday, May 11, 2012. The contest is open to all local and district lodges in good standing having publications that are...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Government Gives Top Contractor Bosses $30,000 Raise in 2011; Sets Reimbursement Cap at $723,029 At a time when pay is frozen, retirement benefits are being trimmed, and massive job cuts are on the table, this story is certain to make every federal employee across America jump out of their seat. The Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) recently announced that reimbursement rates for...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Congratulations to Morgan Huffman on Winning an IAMAW Scholarship! NFFE is proud to announce that Morgan Huffman, son of NFFE Local 1861 Herbert Huffman, was chosen as a winner of this year’s IAMAW Scholarship competition! The Executive Council of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) have selected Ms. Huffman out of a pool...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Senate Votes to Slash Federal Workers' Compensation Program The Senate Tuesday rejected an amendment to the Postal Reform Bill that would have protected the federal employees’ workers compensation program. Failing by a vote of 46-53, Sen. Daniel Akaka’s (D-HI) Amendment 2034 sought to remove harmful language scaling back workers compensation benefits from...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • House Committee Approves Measure Permitting Semi-Retirement; Allows Employees to Roll Excess Leave into TSP The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform last week approved a bill, H.R. 4363, that would give federal workers approaching retirement the option to work part time before ending their career. An amendment to the measure would also allow for federal retirees to roll the value of their...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Federal Retirement Critics Eat Crow as OPM Report Finds FERS Running Massive Surplus Many federal employee critics are quick to suggest that federal retirement benefits are bloated, overly generous, and unnecessary. Others are calling for their immediate repeal, and instead replacing them with defined contribution 401(k) plans. On Monday, however, the anti-federal retirement...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Senate Budget Chairman Introduces Budget Proposal Including Deep Federal Workforce Cuts In an unexpected move Tuesday, Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D-ND) reintroduced the Simpson-Bowles Plan as his committee’s budget resolution, rather than creating a new budget framework, as expected. Though the chairman himself has admitted the proposal is dead on arrival, he is...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • NFFE Forest Service Council Holds Training for Local Officers, Stewards in Wisconsin Twenty-seven NFFE Forest Service Council (FSC) officers and stewards met in Rhinelander, Wisconsin, April 10-12 for basic training in labor relations. A blend of new stewards and officers, in addition to a few, let’s say “seasoned” veterans, provided a great mix of energy and experience....     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Get the Latest NFFE News and Updates on Our New Twitter Page: @NFFE_Union! The NFFE National Office is proud to announce that the union is taking its fight for federal worker rights to a new frontier on the web: Twitter. For those of you who are not familiar, Twitter is a social media site where users can connect with one another and share thoughts, stories, news, and...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • National President Dougan Talks Federal Jobs, Pay with News Channel 8’s Capital Insider Wednesday, NFFE National President William R. Dougan joined Washington, D.C. News Channel 8’s Morris Jones to discuss House Republican Budget Chairman Paul Ryan’s FY 2013 budget proposal. As NFFE reported last week, the Ryan budget proposes $368 billion in federal workforce cuts by freezing pay...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • FEEA Stands Ready to Help Victims of Texas Tornadoes (A Message from FEEA) This week’s tornadoes devastated communities across North Texas and the forecast across much of the Midwest leaves the possibility of more severe storms in the coming days. FEEA reminds federal employees that disaster grants and no-interest emergency loans are available. If...     Federal Employees Education & Assistance Fund        more...  
  • 60 Minutes Investigates Devastating Impact of Federal Job Cuts on Florida Community; Could Your Community Be Next? This week, 60 Minutes correspondent Scott Pelley investigated the impact of closing NASA’s space shuttle program on the citizens of Brevard County Florida – home of the Kennedy Space Center. Over several months of reporting, his findings were nothing short of devastating. Thousands of federal...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • NFFE-IAM Members Save Big with Union Plus; Find Out How You Can Start Saving Today! Did you know that as a NFFE-IAM member you have access to exclusive discounts on everything from auto insurance, to cell phone service, and family vacations? In fact, you have access to all of this and much, much more through Union Plus. Union Plus was created by the AFL-CIO to provide union...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • New 'Federal Employee' Newsletter Now Available! This year's first edition of the National Federation of Federal Employees' (NFFE) quarterly newsletter, the Federal Employee, is now available! Featuring an in-depth look at Congress' recent decision to cut $15 billion from federal pensions, NFFE examines other threats looming about your...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • House Passes GOP Budget Resolution Targeting Federal Pay, Jobs, and Retirement Thursday the House of Representative voted to approve an FY13 budget proposal containing a number of anti-federal worker provisions targeting pay, benefits, and jobs. The budget resolution, introduced the Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI), passed by a mostly party-line vote of 228-191....     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Interested in Starting a Newsletter at Your Local? Here’s Your How-To Guide! Newsletters are one of the most important communications tools a local union representative has in their toolbox. Local newsletters keep members and nonmembers informed of the union’s benefits, activities, and accomplishments. They substantially improve local visibility in the facility, making it...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Reminder: 2012 IAM Legislative Conference Just Around the Corner Don’t forget that the 2012 IAM Legislative Conference is just around the corner. The annual conference will be held from Monday, May 14 until its adjournment at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 17 at the Hyatt Regency Washington, in Washington, DC. If your local is sending a delegate to this year’s...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • NFFE Members Join 40,000 in March on Wisconsin Statehouse on First Anniversary of 2011 Madison Labor Demonstration “We’re baaaack!” shouted Phil Neuenfeldt, President of the Wisconsin AFL-CIO, as he welcomed Union activists and supporters to the Capitol square in Madison on March 10th. Over 40,000 protesters marched on the anniversary of last year’s massive demonstrations objecting to Wisconsin Governor...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Roberts Amendment to Extend Federal Pay Freeze Fails in Senate Vote Tuesday, the Senate blocked an amendment to extend the federal pay freeze through 2013, prompting many in the federal workforce community to breathe a sigh of relief. The amendment, introduced by Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS), was defeated soundly by a vote of 41 for and 57 against, leaving the...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Show Your Union Pride; Visit the NFFE Online Store! NFFE’s online store provides a huge selection of custom NFFE promotional items for members. Stocked with everything from t-shirts and hoodies to coffee mugs and laptop cases, the NFFE store has everything you need to show your NFFE pride in the workplace and beyond. All of these items are 100%...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Here We Go Again: Republican Senator Introduces Amendment to Extend Pay Freeze Through 2013 The latest chapter in the ongoing negotiations over the Senate Surface Transportation Bill has opened, and the story being told is one that we’ve heard time and time again. Late last week, Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS) introduced an amendment to the massive piece of legislation extending the federal...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Amendment “Easing Workers into Retirement” Approved in Senate Thursday, the Senate passed an amendment to allow federal workers nearing retirement to move to part-time schedules as their retirement date nears. The proposal allows employees to continue their normal jobs (with reduced hours) in addition to mentoring younger employees as they prepare to take...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Reminder: 2012 IAM Legislative Conference Just Around the Corner Don’t forget that the 2012 IAM Legislative Conference is just around the corner. The annual conference will be held from Monday, May 14 until its adjournment at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 17 at the Hyatt Regency Washington, in Washington, DC. If your local is sending a delegate to this year’s...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • NFFE Announces Monthly Recruitment Awards for February 2012 NFFE’s monthly recruitment awards honor the hard work and dedication of locals that demonstrate exceptional performance in recruiting new members. Winners will receive a certificate commemorating their achievement. To learn more about what your local can do to improve its recruitment efforts,...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Progress Continues on Extension of Benefits to Same-Sex Partners of Federal Employees Over the course of the past several years, the Obama Administration and Office of Personnel Management have been working toward the goal of benefit equality for same-sex partners of federal employees. In a recent Washington Post piece, columnist Joe Davidson details some of the many measures...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Congress Agrees to Hike Employee Pension Costs: What this Means for Your Paycheck Last week, both House and Senate lawmakers voted overwhelmingly to increase the amount that federal employees contribute toward their FERS pension as part of a deal to extend the popular payroll tax cut. Though the deal impacts just recent and new hires, the possibility of all federal employees...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Son of NFFE Member Tim Jones Seriously Wounded On Duty in Afghanistan; Please Consider Donating to Family's Assistance Fund Tim Jones, NFFE member and Army retiree on the Sawtooth National Forest, learned that his 21 year old son, Terence "Bo" Lonnie Jones, was severely injured in the line of duty while on a foot patrol in Southern Afghanistan, losing both of his legs as well as sustaining injuries to his left arm and...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • National President Dougan Pens Letter to House Opposing Bill with Serious Implications for Federal Retirement Benefits On behalf of the National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE) and the 110,000 federal employees our union represents throughout the United States and abroad, I am writing to strongly oppose H.R. 3813, a bill that would require massive increases in contributions to pensions for current and...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • 49th NFFE National Convention Call Officially Released This week, National Secretary-Treasurer William D. Fenaughty officially released the 49th NFFE National Convention Call, requesting that delegates join us to convene in Portland, Oregon this fall. Mailed to every NFFE local on February 13, 2012, the convention call packet should arrive at your...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Five Locals Win Free Trips to Washington, D.C. for Legislative Conference as NFFE Announces 2011 Recruitment Awards The NFFE National Organizing Department is proud to announce the winners of the 2011 NFFE Recruitment Awards, an annual competition honoring our union’s most dedicated recruiters. Locals are selected for awards in two categories: most new members recruited (as indicated by total 1187’s...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Attention FEEA Emergency Grant Recipients: FEEA Wants to Hear Your Story Today! grant from the Federal Employee Education & Assistance Fund (FEEA) in the past three years? FEEA is looking for recent emergency assistance recipients to share their first-hand accounts of how a little help can make a big difference for feds in need. Help others get the help they need by sharing...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • NFFE Civilian Conservation Corps Leaders Meet With Congress, White House, on Future of Job Corps Centers Larry E. King, NFFE Forest Service Council Job Corps Vice President (CVP), and Lance A. Hamann, Local 1840 President, were in attendance at the National Job Corps Association (NJCA) annual legislative meeting held in Washington D.C. last week. NFFE is currently planning an ongoing organized...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • National President Dougan Talks Federal Retirement Cuts with Federal News Radio National President Dougan joined In Depth with Francis Rose on Federal News Radio earlier this week to discuss the serious retirement cuts being considered in Congress this week. Among the cuts proposed in the bill (H.R. 3813) are a 1.5% increase in the amount current employees pay toward their...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • REMINDER: 2012 IAM Scholarship Deadline is Fast Approaching The deadline for the 2012 IAM Scholarship Program’s application is approaching fast, and all NFFE-IAM members and families are encouraged to apply. All applications must be received by February 24, 2012. There are three different scholarship applications, one for each scholarship: the IAM Child...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • House Committee Votes to Triple Pension Contributions for Current Employees; Slash Benefits for New Hires The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform voted this week to advance a bill that would mandate FERS and CSRS employees increase their pension contributions and create a new federal retirement tier with even less affordable benefits. H.R. 3813 – also known as the “Securing Annuities...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • National President Dougan Pens Letter to House Committee Urging Opposition to Federal Retirement Cuts Tuesday afternoon, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, a committee that writes laws governing the federal workforce, will consider a bill (H.R. 3813) with a serious impact on your retirement security. In response to this attack of your retirement benefits, NFFE National...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • SURVEY: NFFE’s Young Federal Leaders Program Wants to Hear from You! At a time when resources are tight, workplaces are shrinking, and hundreds of thousands of federal employees are nearing retirement, it is important that young federal employees step up to the plate and take on leadership roles in their union. With NFFE’s emerging Young Federal Leaders (YFL)...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Congress Targets Your Wallet Once Again with New Bills Freezing Step Increases; Reducing Workforce Two new bills targeting your pay and jobs were introduced last week, adding more measures to the litany of anti-federal worker bills already under consideration in Congress. As you recall, lawmakers voted to extend the federal pay freeze through 2013 on February 1st, sending the bill over to the...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • National President Dougan Talks Pay Freeze Extension with NBC 4 News, Washington, DC Last night NFFE National President William R. Dougan joined NBC Channel 4 News here in Washington, DC to discuss this week’s House vote to extend the federal pay freeze. Watch as he joins reporter Erika Gonzalez to discuss the impact of a potential freeze on federal workers all across America....     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Enroll Now for Federal Employees Programs at the IAM’s Winpisinger Education and Technology Center The IAM Government Employees Department is conducting two programs in the first half of 2012 at the William W. Winpisinger Education & Technology Center in Southern Maryland, and the enrollment deadline for both classes is approaching. First up is the “Federal Employees Collective Bargaining...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • ACTION ALERT: Tell Congress to Say NO to a Pay Freeze Extension Tonight Once again, Washington politicians are trying to reach into your wallet to pay for their mistakes. Tonight, February 1st, 2012, the House of Representatives will vote on H.R. 3835, a bill to extend the current pay freeze by another year. We need you to become a part of the solution and stand up...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • House to Vote on One-Year Pay Freeze Extension This Week Using Questionable Legislative Maneuver This Wednesday, the House of Representatives is expected to vote on H.R. 3835, a bill that would extend the two-year federal pay free by an additional year. Introduced by Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI) late Friday afternoon, the bill may be considered on such an expedited schedule due to a legislative...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Your Retirement: Congress Debates Future of Federal Pension Benefits at House Hearing At a House Federal Workforce Subcommittee hearing Wednesday, Chairman Dennis Ross (R-FL) and Ranking Member Stephen Lynch (D-MA) were joined by a panel of experts to discuss the state of federal employee retirement benefits. Though no strong conclusions were reached, the debate focused sharply on...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Major Change Coming as NFFE Shifts to New Model of Unionism with 2012 Organizing and Recruiting Strategic Plan This fall, NFFE leadership from throughout the country gathered at the IAM’s Winpisinger Center to develop a new plan for the future of our union’s organizing and recruitment efforts. By week’s end however, NFFE left the Center with a commitment to fundamentally transform the way our union does...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • SURVEY: NFFE Considering Retiree Program; Give Us Your Feedback! NFFE is considering the formation of a NFFE retirees program, and we would like to hear from you whether there is interest in this concept. A NFFE retiree program would be good thing for this union because many retired NFFE members want to remain connected with the union, but currently don’t have...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Celebrating 50 Years of Collective Bargaining in the Federal Government In recognition of the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s signing of an Executive Order extending collective bargaining rights to federal employees, NFFE National President William R. Dougan issued the following statement: “Recognizing the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s Executive...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Reconnect with Your Community with the New Service Toolkit! The labor movement has a long and proud tradition of community service. Well before we won a seat at the negotiation table, unions made it a priority to care for their sick and wounded, provide for the families of injured workers, and establish vibrant communities. Each day unionists continue to...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • New 'Federal Employee' Newsletter Now Available! Last year's fourth edition of NFFE's quarterly newsletter, the Federal Employee, is now available! Featuring a review of NFFE's fundamental shift in recruitment strategy, this issue looks into the possibilities presented by this whole new way of doing business. Click here to see what's inside.     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Applications for 2012 Richard N. Brown Memorial Scholarships Now Available. Submit Yours Today! NFFE is proud to announce that applications for the 2012 Richard N. Brown Memorial Scholarship competition are now available! Applicants for the scholarship must be a NFFE-IAM member in good standing or a spouse or child of a member in good standing. Dependant applicants should be full-time...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Dougan Joins President Obama in Oval Office for ‘Flags for Feds’ Bill Signing Just before federal workers headed home for the holidays, National President Dougan joined President Barack Obama in the oval office on December 20th to deliver one final parting gift. That gift was the official presidential signing of the Civil Service Recognition Act, a bill authorizing federal...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • What is the Pay Freeze Costing You? Use This Handy Calculator to Find Out! Have you ever wondered how much the two-year federal pay freeze will cost you a year, ten years, or twenty years down the line? Concerned about what you would lose were Congress to succeed in freezing pay for another year? Thanks to our brothers and sisters at the International Federation of...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • IAM Announces 2012 Photography Contest; Submit Your Photos Today! This is the official announcement of the 2012 IAM Photography Contest. It is open to all IAM members in good standing. Entries should catch IAM members at work in unposed photos. Winning entries will win a cash prize and will appear in the 2013 IAM Calendar. Two dollars from each calendar sale is...     International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers        more...  
  • IAM Announces Opening of 2012 Newsletter and Website Contest; Enter Your Publication Today! This is the official announcement of the 2012 IAM Newsletter & Website Contest. It is open to all local and district lodges in good standing having publications that are regularly distributed or mailed to members and/or maintain regularly-updated IAM websites. This contest will consider...     International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers        more...  
  • IAM Announces Dates for 2012 Basic Newsletter Development Class This is the Official Call for the 2012 Basic Newsletter Development course at the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center at Placid Harbor in Hollywood, Maryland. The class will be held March 18-23, and is the only Basic Newsletter Development course scheduled for 2012. The Basic...     International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers        more...  
  • Congress Reaches Funding Agreement to Avoid Shutdown; Pay Freeze and Retirement Cuts Still in Limbo as Politicians Debate Payroll Tax Cut Extension Federal workers can breathe a sigh of relief because Congress was able to reach a tentative agreement to fund the government. The outlines of the agreement are still murky, but sources suggest that the measure will fund three-quarters of federal agencies through September of next year. Though...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • House Passes Republican Bill Freezing Federal Pay, Slashing Retirement; Obama Promises Veto Tuesday the House passed a Republican bill, H.R. 3630, which included a one-year pay freeze extension and major cuts to federal retirement benefits. The bill passed along a mostly party line vote of 234-193. Shortly before its passage, President Obama issued a Statement of Administration Policy...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • ACTION ALERT: Tell Congress You Are Not a Political Bargaining Chip! Here we go again. Washington politicians are trying to play politics with federal workers over extending the payroll tax cut. As you read this they are considering a pay freeze extension, cuts to your retirement plan, and the elimination of hundreds of thousands of federal jobs. Congress needs to...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • NFFE Joins Twenty-Five Federal Organizations in Letter Opposing Pay Freeze Extension, Staff Reductions Yesterday, NFFE and 25 other organizations representing federal workers and managers came together to send a letter to Capitol Hill urging elected officials to take pay freeze extensions and workforce reductions off the negotiating table. The letter – mailed to both party leaders in the House of...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Bill to Freeze Federal Pay, Slash Workforce, Gets Soundly Defeated as Federal Unions Press Senate Wednesday evening, a flurry of activity in the federal labor community began as reports emerged that Republicans in the U.S. Senate would introduce a bill to pay for the extension of the payroll tax cut by freezing federal pay and reducing the workforce. The following morning, that proposal,...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • The Hill Op-Ed: GOP Effort to Freeze Federal Pay for Five Years Unfair by William R. Dougan Some Republicans in the Senate are pushing a proposal to extend the current pay freeze for federal employees another three years, for a total of five consecutive years, to offset the cost of extending the payroll tax credit. While we agree that continuing this middle class tax cut is an absolute...     The Hill        more...  
  • President Obama Reauthorizes Labor Management Partnership Executive Order Federal workers and managers had much to give thanks for this holiday as President Obama announced Wednesday his reauthorization of a 2010 executive order calling for labor-management partnerships throughout the government. The President announced that the labor-management partnership order would...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Broken Government: Super Committee Fails to Reach a Deal on Reducing Deficits, Major Fallout for Federal Workers Expected Yesterday the Congressional Super Committee, a bipartisan group of 12 legislators tasked with finding $1.2 trillion in spending reductions by November 23rd, officially threw in the towel. You heard that correctly – two days before their deadline was reached they decided that burning the midnight...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • NFFE Recognized With Ten Awards in 2011 IAM Newsletter and Website Contest Yesterday, the IAM announced the winners of the 2011 Newsletter and Website Contest, an annual competition that recognizes excellence in print and digital union publications. Building on the past two years' stellar performances, NFFE locals and the national office again came out strong, winning a...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • A Veteran's Day Message From the Desk of the President Veterans Day is a day of remembrance to honor America's veterans, living and dead, for their sacrifice in serving our country. We remember and honor those who stepped up when circumstances demanded and answered the call to defend our country and protect the rights and privileges we all continue...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • FEEA by the Numbers: Feds Helping Feds in Need Did you know that half of all pledges to FEEA CFC #11185 stay where they’re donated? The Federal Employee Education & Assistance Fund depends on CFC pledges to fund the majority of its annual scholarship program and makes sure at least 50% of the money donated in each of FEEA’s 27 regions stays...     Federal Employee Education & Assistance Fund        more...  
  • Key House Committee Passes Measure to Cut Federal Jobs by 10% Over Three Years As the holiday the season draws nearer, it looks like there will be little to be cheerful about for federal employees watching Congress. On Thursday, the House Committee on Oversight and Government reform approved H.R. 3029, a bill that would reduce the federal workforce by 200,000 jobs by 2015....     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • National President Dougan Writes Letter to House Committee Opposing “Critical Blow” of Proposed Federal Job Cuts This morning NFFE National President William R. Dougan wrote a letter to the members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform urging them to oppose a measure they will be considering today, which would slash 200,000 federal jobs by 2015. Introduced by South Carolina Republican...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Cut-Off Dates Near for Federal Employees Classes at the Winpisinger Center The IAM Government Employees Department is conducting two programs in January 2012 at the William W. Winpisinger Education & Technology Center in Southern Maryland, and the enrollment deadline for both classes is approaching. First up is the “Federal Employees Basic Program” being held Jan....     International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers        more...  
  • IAM Announces 2012 Communications Trainings at the Winpisinger Center This week the IAM officially announced a number of exciting communications trainings for union members. Hosted at the William W. Winpisinger Education & Technology Center in Hollywood, MD, the IAM will host four separate trainings for over a hundred NFFE-IAM members throughout the new year. The...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • NFFE Local 2109 Claims First Place in 2011 IAM Photo Contest NFFE is proud to congratulate the members of NFFE Local 2109 at the Watervliet Arsenal in Watervliet, NY, who came in First Place with their submission to the annual IAM Photo Competition. The winning photo was taken by long-time Local 2109 member and arsenal employee William Martin. Featuring...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • NFFE NVP Timothy Ostrowski Joins Rep. Paul Tonko to Put an End to Wasteful Spending on Overpaid Contractor Executives NFFE NVP Timothy Ostrowski Joins Rep. Paul Tonko to Put an End to Wasteful Spending on Overpaid Contractor Executives Last week, NFFE National Vice President Timothy Ostrowski joined House Representative Paul Tonko (D-NY) at a press conference in Troy, NY announcing the Congressman’s support for the Stop Excessive Payments to Government Contractors Act of 2011, H.R. 2090, a bill that would lower the cap on...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • New NFFE-IAM Federal Workers Video Now Available Online; Watch it Here! NFFE is proud to announce the online debut of the IAM’s latest federal employees video. Featuring NFFE-IAM members from San Francisco to New York and everywhere in between, the video shines a much-deserved spotlight on the invaluable contributions that federal employees make to our nation’s...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Federal Retirees to See First COLA Increase in Two Years For the first time in two years, our nation’s 1.9 million retired civil service employees will receive a cost of living adjustment. Consistent with the release of September’s Consumer Price Index figures, most federal retirees will receive a COLA of 3.6%. After two years of deflationary pressure...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Union Leadership Gathers at Winpisinger Center to Review Organizing Strategic Plan; Plot New Direction for NFFE (Photos) Last week, leaders from throughout NFFE gathered at the IAM’s William W. Winpisinger Center in Placid Harbor, MD, to discuss the possibility of fundamental change to our Union’s organizing and recruiting strategy. The timing for a revised organizing strategic plan could not be better: Today...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Congressional Democrats Rally to Defend Besieged Federal Workers; Independent Senator Targets Pay, Retirement As House Republicans issued a letter calling for massive reductions in federal pay, benefits, and workforce size last week, Congressional Democrats sent a letter of their own calling for “super committee” members to defend federal workers from the irresponsible cuts. The first to speak up was...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • House Republicans Tell Super Committee to Slash $375 Billion in Federal Worker Pay and Benefits, Jobs In a letter to the congressional “super committee” last week, House Committee on Oversight and Government Darrell Issa (R-CA) laid out a long list of proposals targeting federal workers for huge cuts to their jobs, pay, and benefits. The recommendations, which read like a ‘greatest hits’ album of...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Health Premiums for Federal Employees to Increase 3.8% in 2012 The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announced last week that federal workers’ health care premiums will increase by 3.8 percent next year. The increase will cost employees an additional $4.25 per pay period on average, or $110.50 in total new payments per year. For federal employees entering...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • An Urgent Message on Protecting American Jobs You don’t hear from me often. I spend most of my time on Capitol Hill, meeting with members of Congress, making the voices of working people heard in front of lawmakers and educating them about what’s important. But today, I have a really important favor to ask of you. It will take about three...     AFL-CIO Legislative Department        more...  
  • Survey Shows Government Contractor Bosses Make 70 Percent More than Federal Executives On the heels of a recent report that found that government contractors cost taxpayers nearly double the amount of federal workers, a new survey has found a big part of the reason for this gap: Contractor executive pay. According to a survey by the Human Resource Association of the National...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • New 'Federal Employee' Newsletter Now Available! This year's third edition of NFFE's quarterly newsletter, the Federal Employee, is now available! Featuring a review of the latest budget pressures to hit federal agencies, this issue looks into the policies driving the federal workforce's very uncertain future. Click here to see what's inside.     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • White House Calls for End to Gross Overcompensation of Government Contractor Executives In Washington these days there have been hundreds of proposals put forward to reduce the growing national debt, many of which target large cuts to the federal workforce. The politicians who introduce them claim that they are tackling government waste and inefficiency. Most of the time, however,...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • White House Proposal Would Increase Employee Pension Contributions by 150 Percent As part of its comprehensive plan to reduce the federal budget issued yesterday, the White House proposed to increase federal employees’ pension contributions. The proposal seeks to increase worker-financed contributions by 150 percent over the next three years. This change would cost federal...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Apply Now for Over a Hundred Union Plus Scholarships! For over 15 years, Union Plus has awarded more than $3 million in scholarships to help union families pay for college. Scholarships range from $500 to $4,000. Now you or your student can complete and submit a 2012 Union Plus scholarship application entirely online. In 2010, 130 union members and...     Union Plus Benefits        more...  
  • Independent Study Shows Reckless Privatization of Federal Jobs is a Raw Deal for Taxpayers A comprehensive study released this week confirmed what many federal workers throughout government have known for a long time: federal employees almost always deliver a better value to taxpayers than service contractors. The report was published by the Project on Government Oversight (POGO), an...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Congress Gets Lavish Benefits While Advocating Deep Cuts to Federal Worker Retirement, Compensation It has been the subject of countless discussions online, in the media, and around the water coolers at federal workplaces throughout the nation: Do members of Congress get a better deal than federal employees? Well today, we have an answer to that question, and that answer is yes. According to a...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Mark Your Calendars for NFFE’s 49th National Convention With only one short year remaining until the 49th National Convention of the National Federation of Federal Employees, it is time for NFFE Locals to start making preliminary plans to attend. The next convention will be held from October 1-4, 2012 at the Benson Hotel in Portland, Oregon. This...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • FEEA Offers Assistance to Feds Impacted by Irene and FAA Furloughs; Now it's Our Turn to Give Back The first half of 2011 has been busy for the Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund. After severe spring weather impacted federal employees throughout much of the southern U.S., FEEA gave more than 40 grants worth over $22,000 in April and May. Need did not abate in June or July, and...     Federal Employee Education & Assistance Fund        more...  
  • Organizing Tip of the Week: Updated New Member and Recruitment Kits Now Available NFFE National is proud to announce the new and enhanced new member and recruitment kits. These kits have been created to facilitate your efforts in recruiting and welcoming new members into our union. The kits provide information about the benefits of becoming a new member, as well as trinkets...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • White House Budget Office Issues Memo Requesting Agency Budget Reductions of 5-10% for FY 2013 With Congress and the Administration reaching a deal to raise the debt ceiling earlier this month, the job of implementing the trillions in spending reductions appears to be well underway. In a memorandum issued to the heads of all federal departments and agencies last week, Office of Management...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • National President Dougan Heads West to Visit Indian Health Service, Forest Service Locals National President Dougan and National Business Representative Steve Flory hit the road last week, visiting seven Locals in five days in the Northwest, Rocky Mountains and Northern Great Plains. Meeting with both Forest Service and Indian Health Service (IHS) Locals, their mission to was to...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Longtime Union Advocate Liz Pittaluga Named New National Business Representative; Service Areas Redrawn to Improve Representation NFFE is very proud to welcome our newest National Business Representative, Elizabeth “Liz” Pittaluga. A longtime unionist and Machinist, Pittaluga brings decades of labor relations and federal workforce experience to the job of serving the NFFE membership. A machinist and later electronics...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Organizing Tip of the Week: Following Through with New Members While getting a new member to sign an 1187 form and officially become part of your Local is a big step, it’s important to remember that your work doesn’t stop there. Both from an administrative and a personal side, it is vital that you follow through on bringing your new members into the union....     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Meet Melissa Grenier and Shannon McNichols, Winners of the 2011 Richard N. Brown Memorial Scholarships NFFE would like to congratulate Melissa Grenier of Menands, NY and Shannon McNichols of Harrisville, MI on winning this year’s Richard N. Brown Memorial Scholarships! Each will receive $1,000 dollars toward furthering their collegiate education. The scholarships, named for late NFFE National...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Second Shoe Drops: Senators Propose Massive Federal Job Cuts, Salary Freezes, as Part of Debt-Ceiling Package When Congress and the Administration came to an agreement to raise the federal debt limit earlier this month, both parties agreed to formulate a bipartisan committee to find $1.5 trillion in additional savings by year’s end. The idea was to bring both parties together to hammer out a responsible,...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Organizing Tip of the Week: Tools to Help You Help Your Local As NFFE representatives, our duty is grow our Locals and provide them with the quality representation that our members expect of us. However, carrying out these essential union functions can often be a challenge. Official time is hard to come by, and even when we do get some, it never seems to be...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • FEEA Stands by FAA Employees with Emergency Assistance Loans With 4,000 FAA employees furloughed and set to receive just half a paycheck next week, we want to be sure employees know FEEA is here to help. No-interest loans of up to $1,000 will be available as soon as a reduced or missing paycheck occurs. If you are among the furloughed employees, please...     Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund        more...  
  • Take a Minute to Share Your Story on the ‘I am a Federal Employee’ Blog! Over the past several months, dozens of federal employees have shared their stories of public service with the new 'I am a Federal Employee Blog,' at www.iamafederalemployee.org. Everyone from DoD civilians, VA nurses, federal firefighters, and others have spoken out and told the world that they...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Federal Employee Benefits Survey to Take Place this Summer The Office of Personnel Management will be issuing the 2011 Federal Employee Benefits Survey (FEBS) this summer for the first time since 2006. Please see the letter below for details on the survey.     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Let's Make a Deal: Congress, White House Reach Compromise to Raise Debt Limit, Avoid Default Sunday evening, President Barack Obama and Speaker of the House John Boehner announced that a deal had been reached to raise the federal debt limit and avoid a catastrophic default. The deal, long rumored to contain provisions impacting federal retirement and compensation, included no immediate...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Local 1384 Volunteers Help Tornado Victims in Western Massachusetts Members of the National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE), Local 1384, at Hanscom recently gave up a vacation day to carpool to Springfield, Mass. Their mission was to volunteer at the Salvation Army center there, helping to distribute food and other items to those left homeless by the...     United States Air Force        more...  
  • Debt-Ceiling 101: The Federal Debt Limit and How it Impacts Your Job In the past several weeks, there has been a great deal of chatter and speculation regarding the government hitting the federal debt limit. More recently, the focus has turned to the U.S. defaulting on its debt, as members of Congress refuse to come to a common sense agreement to raise the...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Local 1998 Members Give Back with Food Drive to Benefit Underprivileged Families Faced with relentless attacks on federal employees in the media and Congress, NFFE members from around the country are taking a pro-active approach to changing the public’s perception of the labor movement by organizing community service projects. Earlier this month, stewards of Local 1998 at...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • NFFE Launches Communicators’ Toolkit; Find Out How You Can Improve Your Local Communications Today! In a world where information travels fast and misinformation travels faster, it is essential that Unions are making their message heard on air, in print, or simply in the workplace. To help Locals get the word out, NFFE is proud to announce the introduction of the Communicators’ Toolkit – your...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • New Budget Proposal Offers Deepest Cuts Yet to Federal Workforce, Benefits Monday, Republican Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma released a far-reaching budget proposal that seeks to cut $9 trillion dollars from federal programs over the next decade. To fund these massive reductions, the Senator proposed the deepest cuts yet to federal agencies and their workers. The...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • White House Launches Third Annual SAVE Award; Submit Your Idea Today! Last week, the White House announced the launch of its third annual SAVE award, a yearly competition that seeks cost-cutting ideas from federal employees. Since the SAVE Award was created in 2009, federal employees have submitted more than 56,000 ideas on how to promote efficiency and reduce...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Organizing Tip of the Week: Share your Stories NFFE National in Washington, D.C. has been working hard to bring you the latest news, tips, and tricks in organizing. Now, it’s time to hear from you! What’s working at your Local? Locals have been ramping up their efforts with organizing and it’s paying off, big time. Scores of federal...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • President Dougan Takes on Anti-Federal Worker Congressman in National Newspaper NFFE National President William R. Dougan wrote a letter to the editor of prominent national newspaper Roll Call debunking a recent op-ed by Republican Congressman Dennis Ross of Florida. In his article, Ross called for a ten percent reduction in the federal workforce – a move that would amount...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • The Importance of 1187s As a Local officer or steward, you should be prepared to sign up a new member at any time. If you miss an opportunity to get a prospective member to join, you might not get a second chance. It is a great habit to have 1187s printed off and in your union office at all times. These 1187s can be...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Breaking the Bank: Washington’s Attack on Your Retirement Security and What You Can Do to Stop It "The federal retirement system we have today is secure. If you work hard for twenty, thirty, or forty years, you can earn enough to rely on. But it seems like members of Congress are forgetting about federal employees; they’re forgetting about the little guys who are doing the work of the...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Members of Congress Pay Out Over $6 Million in Staff Bonuses while Supporting Pay and Benefit Reductions for Federal Workers In a political climate where Washington politicians are clamoring to cut federal pay, benefits, and retirement security, the hypocrisy that follows is truly something to behold. According to a CNN investigation on Congressional compensation, more than six million dollars in bonuses were paid out...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • New 'Federal Employee' Newsletter Now Available! This year's second edition of NFFE's quarterly newsletter, the Federal Employee, is now available! Featuring the recent attacks on federal retirement security, this issue gives you the tools and information you need to fight back. Click here to see what's inside.     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Organizing Tip of the Week: Give Your Members a Stronger Voice It is important for members and prospective members to understand that the union gives them a voice not only in the workplace, but throughout the nation. NFFE has jump-started a movement to counter the attacks on federal employees. To do this NFFE has created a blog called, “I am a Federal...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • FEEA: Responding to Man-Made Disasters Since 1986 On April 19, 1995, a bomb detonated outside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, destroying much of the building, including its daycare center. More than 160 people lost their lives that day, 99 of them civilian federal employees, targeted because they worked for the U.S....     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Organizing Tip of the Week: Unions Support the Federal Community You can also share the many ways that NFFE is working at the National level to promote and support federal employees. One example of this is NFFE’s involvement with the Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund (FEEA). FEEA was founded in 1986 through the collaboration of union leaders and...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Tell Us Your Story with the ‘I am a Federal Employee’ Blog! To counter the recent attacks levied against federal employees by members of Congress and the media, the staff at the NFFE National Office has created a new blog, www.iamafederalemployee.org. This blog highlights the importance of federal employees to our nation and the sacrifices they make in...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • FEEA: 25 Years of Scholarships When FEEA began serving the civilian federal employee community in 1986, the cost of a college education was, on average, less than $20,000/year, including room and board, at the top private universities. Even then, federal families were hard pressed to afford to put themselves or their children...     Federal Employee Education & Assistance Fund        more...  
  • Administration Announces Caps on Federal Employee Merit Awards The Office and Personnel Management and the Office of Management and Budget recently informed agency leadership that merit bonus awards for federal employees would be capped starting in FY 2012. At the senior executive level, awards must not exceed 5 percent of an individual’s salary. The awards...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Coalition of Federal Unions Pen Letter to Biden Defending Federal Pensions In response to reports that the Congress and Administration were considering pension cuts as part of a deal to raise the national debt ceiling, a coalition of federal Unions last week penned a sharply worded letter urging the exclusion of retirement benefits from any potential compromise. Along...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Organizing Tip of the Week: It Pays to be a Union Member As you’ve probably learned from personal experience, one of the most common excuses potential members give for not joining the union is that they cannot afford the dues. In the current economic climate, this is an even bigger challenge. Fortunately, you can show them why they can’t afford NOT...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • FEEA: 25 Years of Helping Feds with Everyday Emergencies Recent severe weather across the southern U.S. has focused attention on communities hard-hit by tornadoes and flooding. Residents of the Alabama and Missouri towns recovering from F4 and F5 tornadoes have a long road ahead of them, as do those living along the flood plains of the Mississippi...     Federal Employee Education & Assistance Fund        more...  
  • Local 2189 Co-Sponsors Car Show During Employee Appreciation Day On Saturday, June 4, 2011 Local 2189 at the Red River Army Depot hosted a car show during the facility’s Employee Appreciation Day. The car show was located at Eliot Lake, which is located inside of the depot. The event was co-sponsored by Morale, Welfare, and Recreation, which is a network of...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Organizing Tip of the Week: Show Your Union Pride Successful Locals are visible Locals. How can a prospective member join your Local if they don’t know it exists? And you, as a Local officer or member, are your Local’s best advertisement. There are several ways you can increase the visibility of your officers and members. One of the easiest...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Key House Republicans Introduce Bill to Cut 200,000 Federal Jobs by 2015 Three high-ranking Republican members of the House of Representatives yesterday introduced the 2011 Reducing the Size of the Federal Government Through Attrition Act, a bill that would force agencies to hire only one new employee for every three who retire. Introduced by Darrell Issa (R-CA),...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • FEEA: 25 Years of Feds Helping Feds – How It All Began FEEA: 25 Years of Feds Helping Feds – How It All Began During the summer of 1986, federal budgets were being cut, the federal workforce was being reduced and many elected officials were particularly critical of federal employees. It was not a “warm and fuzzy” time to be a fed. Until G. Jerry Shaw called Bob Tobias and invited him to lunch. Shaw was...     Federal Employees Education and Assistance Fund        more...  
  • Organizing Tip of the Week: Connecting with the Community A Local that is visible not only in the workplace, but also within the community, is a great way to show potential members why it is important to get involved and join the Union. There are limitless ways a Local and its members can become engaged with the community. Start by choosing a service...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Union Official Time Comes Under Fire at Congressional Hearing At a the House Subcommittee on the Federal Workforce, Postal Service, and Labor Policy hearing Wednesday, chairman Dennis Ross (R-FL) and fellow Republican Phil Gingrey (R-GA) advocated for H.R. 122, a bill that would severely diminish Union official time. The inappropriately titled “Federal...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Organizing Tip of the Week: Reach Out to New Employees One of the simplest and most effective ways to get a person to join the union is to ask them. You might be surprised how many new members would sign up if someone just invited them to. While talking to a co-worker about the union is important any time, you’re more likely to successfully recruit...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • From the Desk of the President: Honoring the Fallen on Memorial Day May 30, Memorial Day, is a day to honor those who have died while serving in the military. Following the Civil War, a nation divided recognized and honored their dead; Decoration Day honored the Union dead while the Confederate Memorial Days honored fallen Confederate soldiers. From these...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • NFFE National President Dougan to Deliver Testimony Tomorrow at Congressional Hearing on “Rightsizing the Federal Workforce” NFFE National President William R. Dougan will be the sole Labor representative testifying before the House Federal Workforce Subcommittee at Thursday’s hearing on “Rightsizing the Federal Workforce.” Dougan will defend the scope and mission of the federal workforce as House Republicans Cynthia...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Administration Circulates Memo Recommending Cap on Merit Bonuses A White House memo addressed to all department and agency heads was leaked last week containing guidance on the distribution of performance awards for federal employees. According to the memo, the Administration would cap bonuses for Senior Executive Service employees at five percent of aggregate...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Organizing Tip of the Week: Get to Know the Legislation that Affects You Lobby Week has passed, but every day, legislation is popping up across the country proposing such injustices as ending official time, furloughing public employees, and extending probationary periods for federal employees, just to name a few. What can you do? Stay on top of the legislation and...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Legislative Conference a Huge Success as Members from Across the Country Stand for Federal Employees The 2011 NFFE-IAM Legislative Conference was a huge hit for NFFE-IAM members. The weeklong conference saw NFFE-IAM members bring the voice of our nation’s federal workers to the halls of Capitol Hill. The conference was held at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill, just blocks from the home of...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • NFFE National Office Phone Systems are Back Online The NFFE National Office's phone systems are now back online. Thank you for your patience.     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Treasury Borrowing from Civil Service Retirement Funds as Nation Hits Maximum Debt Ceiling: How this Impacts Your Retirement Benefits Earlier this week, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner announced that the government had reached the national debt-ceiling, the maximum amount it may borrow to fund its obligations. In a letter to key leaders in Congress, Geithner explained that he will be borrowing funds from the Civil Service...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Federal Pensions Reportedly in the Crosshairs as Debt Ceiling Negotiations Take Shape; Employee Contribution May Increase Seven-Fold Details began to emerge this weekend from White House and congressional negotiators with regards to the shape of a long-term deficit reduction plan to coincide with the raising of the national debt ceiling. After weeks of negotiations, it appears that lawmakers will return to a familiar source to...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • NFFE Local 1 President Patricia La Sala Fights Back Against Lawmakers’ Attacks on Federal Employees in Washington Post Feature Article Thursday, NFFE National Vice President Patricia La Sala was featured in a Washington Post story on her efforts to fight the negative attacks on federal workers emanating from Capitol Hill. Along with hundreds of other NFFE-IAM members from across the country, La Sala took her members’ message to...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • President Dougan Writes Letter to Senate Opposing Inclusion of Anti-Federal Worker Cuts in Budget Resolution On behalf of the National Federation of Federal Employees and the 110,000 federal employees our union represents throughout the United States and abroad, I am writing to urge you, in considering the Senate Budget Resolution, to oppose the drastic cuts to federal employee pay and benefits offered...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Lobby Week 2011 Has Arrived; NFFE Members Bring Voice of Federal Workers to Capitol Hill Lobby Week 2011 has arrived! This year, state and federal lawmakers have unfairly targeted federal workers and the middle class in what they call “deficit reduction measures.” Lobby Week has never been more critical for NFFE members due to attempts made by misguided lawmakers on Capitol Hill...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • From the Desk of National President Dougan: Honoring America's Nurses Almost 3 million nurses in the United States dedicate their lives to helping others every year. The National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE) has the privilege of representing several thousand of them, working in Veterans Affairs and Indian Health Service clinics throughout the country....     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Organizing Tip of the Week: Go for Your Goal! When you think about organizing within your Local, it is important to decide exactly what you want to accomplish. While “increasing membership” is the end result we all want, your Local will be far more successful at recruiting if you set a number of smaller, quantifiable goals. Goals need to be...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Reminder: Registration for 2011 IAMAW Newsletter and Website Contest Ends May 13 Just two short weeks from now, applications for the IAMAW’s annual Newsletter and Website Contest will be due. By May 13, all District and Local lodges must submit the proper entry forms in order for their website and/or newsletter to be considered in this year’s competition. Over the years, NFFE...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Organizing Tip of the Week: Draft Your Local Organizing Strategic Plan We all know that membership density brings clout within an agency and at the bargaining table, but for some Locals, it’s difficult to know where to start. There are a number of steps and strategies that your Local can utilize in order to increase your organizing success. Some pointers, like...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • House Majority Passes Budget Bill Targeting Federal Pay, Retirement; Democrats Unanimously Oppose Friday, House Republicans passed a budget plan for fiscal year 2012 with all but four Republicans and without the support of a single Democrat. The budget includes provisions that would freeze federal employees’ pay through 2015, require federal employees to contribute much more to their...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • National President Dougan, AFL-CIO President Truma, Talk Future of Labor Unions on C-SPAN Early this month, NFFE National President William R. Dougan was invited to Wayne State University in Detroit, MI to participate in a panel discussion about the future of labor unions in America. Joined by notable labor leaders such as AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and United Auto Workers...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Organizing Tip of the Week: Get Your Organizing Committee Up and Running Organizing Committees create a great foundation for your Local to start working on recruitment and building a stronger presence in the workplace. A committee should be made up of people that are engaged in the Local, but not necessarily just the officers. The best place to start is at your...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • House Committee Approves Bills to Double Federal Worker Probationary Period, Target Tax Delinquent Employees The House Federal Workforce Subcommittee yesterday approved two bills that could have a significant impact on the federal workforce if passed into law. The first measure, H.R. 1470, would double the probationary period for new federal hires to two years from the current one-year period. This...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • NFFE Forest Service Council Elects Mark Davis as Council President Last week, as the prospect of a government shutdown drew closer and closer, members of the NFFE Forest Service Council elected Mark Davis as their next President. NFFE congratulates Davis for his new role, and wishes him the best of luck as the leader of NFFE’s largest Council. We would also like...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • House FY12 Budget Proposal Lowers Taxes for Wealthy While Cutting Federal Workforce, Freezing Pay On Tuesday April 5, 2011, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) unveiled his budget proposal for fiscal year 2012, titled “Path to Prosperity.” Following in the footsteps of his home state’s Governor, Scott Walker, Rep. Ryan’s budget includes more misguided attacks on federal employees...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Government Shutdown Averted as Congress Reaches Tentative Budget Deal Federal employees everywhere breathed a sigh of relief Friday night as Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) announced a tentative agreement to fund the government through the remainder of the fiscal year. Finalized with less than two hours to go,...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Organizing Tip of the Week: Know the ABC's of Your CBA Though sometimes overlooked, one of the most valuable recruiting tools available to you is a copy of your Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). Familiarizing yourself with your CBA will arm you with the necessary knowledge to become a more effective recruiter. Your CBA explains in detail what...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Shutdown Updates: Get the Latest on Your Agency's Shutdown Plans Want to know what your agency is planning to do in the event of a government shutdown? The Washington Post has been collecting the most up-to-date information on shutdown plans across the federal government. Click "More" to see what your agency has in mind.     Washington Post        more...  
  • White House Supports Back-Pay for Furloughed Federal Employees; Congress Non-Committal At a White House press briefing Thursday, OMB Deputy Director for Management Jeffrey Zients said that the Obama administration supports providing retroactive pay for furloughed federal employees, should a shutdown occur. Though it is important that the Administration is taking a stand, there are...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • NFFE Member Ron Thatcher Featured in CNN Report 'I'm a Non-Essential Employee' NFFE member and U.S. Forest Service employee Ron Thatcher of Libby, Montana was featured in a CNN story this afternoon detailing the struggles facing non-essential employees as the government rests on the verge of shutting down.     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Key Lawmaker Says 900,000 Federal Workers to be Furloughed in Shutdown; Pay Reimbursement Highly Unlikely On a conference call with reporters Wednesday, Rep. Jim Moran estimated that at least 900,000 federal employees would be furloughed in the event of a government shutdown. Furthermore, the Virginia lawmaker said the prospect of furloughed workers receiving back-pay would be “highly unlikely,”...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • OPM Issues Guidance, FAQs on Furloughs in the Event of Shutdown If the current continuing resolution expires at 12:01 a.m. on April 9, 2011 without passage of an FY 2011 appropriations bill or a further continuing resolution, Federal departments and agencies will be required to execute contingency plans for a lapse in appropriations (more commonly referred to...     Office of Personnel Management        more...  
  • ACTION ALERT: Tell Congress to Quit Playing Politics with Your Job! For the past several months, talks of a government shutdown have grown louder and louder as members of Congress have battled it out over legislation to fund the government for the remainder of fiscal year 2011. The result of this long-winded debate has been a series of stop-gap spending measures...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • New 'Federal Employee' Newsletter Now Available! This year's first edition of NFFE's quarterly newsletter, the Federal Employee, is now available! Featuring the recent struggle in Madison, WI and the larger assault on workers' rights, this issue puts it all in perspective and shows you what you can do to fight back. Click here to see what's...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Organizing Tip of the Week: Education is the Key Access to education is a key component in building a strong union. NFFE-IAM members have access to an array of classes and opportunities at the IAMAW’s William W. Winpisinger Education & Technology Center. The Center has a range of classes for new and old members. Located in Placid Harbor,...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • House Republicans Reject Tentative Budget Deal; Potential for Government Shutdown Higher than Ever For the past several months, talks of a government shutdown have grown louder and louder as members of Congress and the Administration have battled it out over legislation to fund the government for the remainder of fiscal year 2011. Republicans insist on cutting tens of billions of dollars from...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • A Message from President Obama Honoring 100th Anniversary of Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire On March 25, 1911, a fire spread through the cramped floors of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in lower Manhattan. Flames spread quickly through the 8th, 9th, and 10th floors -- overcrowded, littered with cloth scraps, and containing few buckets of water to douse the flames -- giving the factory...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Organizing Tip of the Week: Visit the NFFE Website Early and Often NFFE’s award-winning website, www.nffe.org, is an invaluable resource for members and potential members alike. The website is not solely an organizing tool, but the recruitment assistance it can provide should not be overlooked. Anyone can visit the NFFE website and learn everything from who we...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Republican Senators Introduce Legislation to Eliminate Federal Pensions Last week, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Tom Coburn (R-OK) introduced the Public-Private Employee Retirement Parity Act, S. 644, a bill to eliminate federal pensions for all new government hires starting in 2013. Under the deceptively named bill, new employees would no longer receive the...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • NFFE Recognizes 2010’s Best Organizers with Trips to Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C. Locals throughout the National Federation of Federal Employees put a great deal of effort into increasing Local awareness and building membership in 2010. After a successful reception honoring 2009’s best organizers, NFFE National decided to once again reward a handful of Locals with a free trip...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Congress Passes Three-Week Spending Bill to Fund Government; Avoids Shutdown By a vote of 87-13, the Senate Thursday approved a shot-term spending measure that will fund the government for an additional three weeks. The bill will keep agencies operating through April 8, avoiding a potential government shutdown for the second time this month. The legislation originated in...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Wisconsin Senate Republicans Admit Budget was Never the Issue, Vote Exclusively to Eliminate Collective Bargaining Rights Last night, Wisconsin’s 19 Republican State Senator’s revealed their true intentions by passing a bill with an 18 to 1 vote that would strip collective bargaining rights from public sector workers. Governor Walker and his Republican colleagues in the Statehouse initially argued these provisions...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Organizing Tip of the Week: Utilize New Member and Recruitment Kits A number of resources, including both information and supplies, are available to NFFE Locals to aid with recruiting efforts. Some great examples are NFFE’s recruitment and new member kits. New Member Kits can be given to new union members as soon as they sign up, or can be delivered a short time...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • National President Dougan and VA Council President Redding Visit Atlanta VA Medical Center, CBOC’s Last week, NFFE National President William R. Dougan and VA Council President Robert Redding visited NFFE Local 2102, representing physicians, pharmacists, nurses, social workers, and other health professionals at the Atlanta VA Medical Center and surrounding Community Based Outpatient Clinics...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • NFFE Members and Other “Outside Agitators” Hold the Line in Wisconsin NFFE-IAM member Tim McKenzie (holding IAM sign), and many of his fellow Minnesotans were among the tens of thousands of demonstrators in Madison, WI on Saturday. Protests continued against Republican efforts to strip collective bargaining rights from public employees and were bolstered by the...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Federal Times Op-Ed by William R. Dougan: Federal Labor-Management Partnerships can Solve Problems; Time to Move from Process to Real Dialogue Federal unions greeted the December 2009 signing of President Obama's executive order re-establishing federal labor-management partnerships with much optimism. After eight years of limited access and minimal dialogue between unions and agency leadership under the Bush administration, the promise...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Organizing Tip of the Week: Talk to at Least One Person Each Day About the Union One of the best ways to get the word out about your Local is to talk face-to-face with people in your bargaining unit who are not yet members. This may seem obvious, but people are more likely to join when they are approached by someone who is already a member and understands the benefits of...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Let’s Make a Deal: Congress Votes to Fund Government for Two More Weeks, Avoids Shutdown The Senate voted 91-9 Wednesday morning on a measure to the fund the government for an additional two weeks, avoiding a potential shutdown and keeping federal employees on the job. After the current continuing resolution expires this Friday, lawmakers will have until midnight on March 18th to...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • NFFE National Vice President John Obst Speaks out in Wisconsin Newspaper “What does democracy look like?” shouted one protester. “THIS IS WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE!!” chanted thousands of Union Sisters and Brothers in Madison, Wisconsin as they demonstrated against Republican Governor Walker’s pledge to strip collective bargaining from public employees. Madison’s only...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • New on NFFE.org: The NFFE Legislative Action Center As a citizen of the United States of America, you have the right to seek help from your elected representatives in addressing your concerns -- including policies that affect your conditions of employment as a federal employee. In a political climate where elected officials are targeting the...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • NFFE Local 276 Marches in Solidarity with Wisconsin Workers Since Republican Governor Scott Walker introduced a bill to strip state employees of their right to bargain collectively, workers rights advocates and union members from across the country have descended on Madison, Wisconsin, to stand up for their rights. Joining the thousands of protestors at...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • 2011 FEEA and Richard N. Brown Memorial Scholarship Application Deadline Just One Month Away; Apply Now! This is a reminder that all applications for the 2011 FEEA and Richard N. Brown Memorial Scholarships must be postmarked by one month from today - March 25th - in order to be considered. Applicants for the Richard N. Brown Memorial Scholarship must be a NFFE-IAM member in good standing or a...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Protestors Rally in Washington, D.C. in Solidarity with Wisconsin State Employees (Photos) Wednesday, over a thousand protestors gathered in Washington, D.C. in front of the D.C. offices of the Wisconsin and Ohio governors as part of a worker solidarity rally. NFFE joined students, workers, and union members from several states in a show of support for workers who are battling to...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Organizing Tip of the Week: What is Your Bulletin Board Saying about Your Local? Your members have a right to know everything that is going on. Bulletin boards can give them a quick snapshot of what the union is doing at the Local and National level. The most crucial information that should always be on display is the Local union office and officers’ contact information. Be...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • On the Ground in Madison: NFFE National Vice President John Obst Shares His Rally Experience “DON’T TAKE MY RIGHTS AWAY – I’M NOT DONE WITH THEM YET!!” read one of the most poignant signs held by thousands of protesters who have peacefully “overrun” the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison. Newly elected Republican Governor Walker used exaggerated claims of a budget crisis to demand that...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • House Passes Funding Measure with $61 Billion in Cuts; Amendments to Freeze Federal Step Increases, Ban Union Official Time, Fail In the early hours of Saturday morning, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1, the FY 2011 Continuing Resolution, a bill to fund the federal government for the remainder of the fiscal year, ending September 30th. The highly contentious legislation slashes the federal budget by a whopping $61...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • From the Desk of the President: A Message for Madison What we are seeing this week in Madison, Wisconsin is the beginning of something unlike anything we have seen in generations. Governor Scott Walker, and his anti-union colleagues in the State Senate, have launched what is undoubtedly the first of many attempts by some state governments across the...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Organizing Tip of the Week: Keep an Up-to-Date Bargaining Unit List One important component of successful organizing is obtaining a copy of your list of eligible members on a regular basis. After all, in order to recruit new members, we need to know who to talk to! Bargaining unit lists are helpful to have on hand during formal organizing drives, so you have a...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • National President Dougan Pens Congress in Opposition to Amendment Freezing Step Increases, Bonuses Yesterday, NFFE National President William R. Dougan penned the a letter to the House of Representatives, opposing the Issa amendment to the 2011 Continuing Resolution. The amendment would bar all merit-based raises and bonuses for high-performing federal employees. The letter went as follows.     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Lawmaker Introduces Legislation to Freeze Federal Hiring, Slash Workforce Through Attrition Last week, Representative Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) introduced the Federal Workforce Reduction Act of 2011, H.R. 657, a bill that would freeze federal hiring and slash the workforce through attrition. Co-sponsored by 27 other Republican lawmakers, the bill will place an indefinite hiring freeze on...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • House Representatives Maloney, Hoyer, Connolly, Introduce Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act Last week, House Representatives Carolynn Maloney, Steny Hoyer, and Gerald Connolly introduced the Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act, a bill to extend four weeks of paid leave to parents of newly born, adopted or fostered children. Under present law, new parents are entitled to up to...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Republicans Up the Ante, Pledge to Cut an Additional $26 Billion from Federal Agency Budgets Responding to growing pressure from conservative members of the party, House Republicans yesterday announced that they will pursue an additional $26 billion in cuts to federal agency budgets this fiscal year. Combined with the $74 billion in cuts announced earlier this week, Republicans seek to...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Organizing Tip of the Week: Use Sign-in Sheets in Your Union Office and at Union Events One extremely valuable, but often overlooked, tool that every NFFE Local can utilize is the sign-in sheet. Sign-in sheets should be kept near the entrance to your union office, and also be brought to every union-sponsored event. These sheets will provide you with an important record of the...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • House Republicans Target U.S. Forest Service, Park Service, HUD, for Deep Budget Cuts This morning, House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY) released a list of 70 budget cuts committee Republicans will propose for the remainder of FY 2011. This round of cuts are just the start of what will total $74 billion in reductions between today and February 14th, when the...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • House Budget Chairman Announces $74 Billion in Cuts for Remainder of FY 2011; Fears of Government Shutdown on the Rise Yesterday, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI), announced that House Republicans intend to slash $74 billion dollars from the federal budget for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2011. Though a detailed proposal will not be released until February 14th, sources suggest $32-$40 billion of...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Organizing Tip of the Week: Order NFFE Visibility Materials, Free of Charge! Thanks for reading the first installment of NFFE’s Organizing Tip of the Week! Going forward, NFFE will post one piece of recruitment advice every week so that all NFFE members can be equipped with the same knowledge as some of our union’s most experienced organizers. This week, we are asking all...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Portland, Oregon Selected to Host NFFE’s 49th National Convention! The National Executive Council is proud to announce that the 49th NFFE National Convention will be held next year in the city of Portland, Oregon. Scheduled for October 1-4, 2012, the union’s quadrennial Convention will take place at the historic Benson Hotel in downtown Portland. The NFFE...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • President Calls for Five Year Spending Freeze, Government Reorganization, in State of the Union Address In his State of the Union address last night, President Obama laid out his vision for our nation’s future, and what role the federal government would play in making that vision a reality. Though specifics were sparse throughout the nearly hour-long speech, he announced two major initiatives that...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • 2011 IAMAW Newsletter and Website Contest is Back; Enter Your Local Publications Today! This week, the IAM announced the beginning of its official Newsletter and Website contest, an annual competition honoring excellence in Local and District labor journalism. Over the years, NFFE Locals have consistently brought home top awards for their communications efforts. In fact, last year...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Spotlight on FEHB: What Washington Has in Mind for Your Health Benefits Late last year, the President’s Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, an advisory group of 18 current and former members of Congress tasked with identifying policies to reduce the federal budget deficit, issued a highly anticipated report detailing their vision for our nation’s fiscal...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • New Legislation Calls for Mandatory Two-Week Furloughs for Federal Employees Second-term Congressman Mike Coffman (R-CO) yesterday introduced legislation to impose two weeks of mandatory leave on the federal workforce. Starting in 2012, Coffman’s proposal would impact all federal employees, with the exception of those working in national-security, health, or law...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Republican Lawmaker Introduces Legislation Calling for Pay Freeze Extension, Workforce Reduction Late last week, Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX) introduced the inappropriately titled Cut Unsustainable and Top-heavy Spending Act. The legislation seeks to reduce the number of workers providing federal services and calls for significant pay cuts to the already significantly underpaid federal workforce....     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Georgia Congressman Introduces Bill to Bust Federal Employee Unions Recently, Georgia Congressman Phil Gingrey (R-GA) introduced the 2011 Federal Employee Accountability Act (H.R. 122), a bill intended to eliminate union representation for federal workers. This disingenuously-named bill would abolish official time for union activities, robbing federal employees...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Register Now for Federal Workers Class at the Winpisinger Center The IAM will conduct the 2011 Federal Employees’ Basic Program at the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center (WWW), in Hollywood, MD, during the week of March 13-18. The program will involve training in areas specific to the Federal Sector such as collective bargaining, the Hatch...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Five Issues to Watch in the New Congress With Republicans formally taking control of the House of Representatives this week, federal employees can expect a new attitude from Congress toward the civil service. Both before and during the 2010 midterm elections, many members of the new majority embraced proposals targeting the federal...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Applications for 2011 Richard N. Brown Memorial Scholarships Now Available; Fill Yours Out Today! NFFE is proud to announce that applications for the 2011 Richard N. Brown Memorial Scholarship competition are now available! Applicants must submit a completed application package postmarked no later than March 25, 2011. Submitting an application will also automatically register applicants for...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • New 'Federal Employee' Newsletter Now Available! This year's fourth edition of NFFE's quarterly newsletter, the Federal Employee, is now available! Featuring the two-year federal pay freeze, this edition explains how the freeze will affect your bottom line today, and your retirement security tomorrow. Click here to see what's inside.     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Union Plus Scholarship Deadline January 31 A good education is more important now than ever. Some 121 union members and union family members were awarded $150,000 in scholarships this year, ranging from $500 to $4,000. The scholarship program is open to students attending or planning to attend a college or university, a community college,...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • National Office Releases Holiday Schedule The NFFE National Office will be closing for the Holidays from December 23-24 and 30-31, 2010. Have a wonderful holiday season.     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Federal Pay Update: Senate Considers Two-Year Pay Freeze in New Legislation Just a week after the House approved a two-year freeze on federal pay, it appears that the upper chamber of Congress intends to follow suit. The Senate on Tuesday introduced its own annual spending measure, known as an omnibus spending package, which includes a pay freeze like that found in the...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Federal Pay Update: House Approves Two-Year Federal Pay Freeze Last night, in its appropriations measure to fund the government for FY 11, Congress voted in favor of a two-year federal pay freeze. The measure, identical to the version proposed by the White House last week, will freeze federal pay for two years government-wide. The pay freeze will now be...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • House Members Call on Colleagues to Reconsider Proposed Pay Freeze Tuesday, House lawmakers issued a letter to House Appropriations Committee Chairman David Obey (D-WI), requesting that the White House’s proposed two-year federal pay freeze be reconsidered. In the letter, signed by Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD), Gerald E. Connolly (D-VA), Donna F. Edwards...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • NFFE National Officers' Pay Freeze Announcement As you know, the White House last week proposed a two-year freeze on civilian federal employee pay. This freeze will place a tremendous strain on the bottom line of many of our members, a reality that we here at NFFE National cannot and will not overlook. For this reason, I have issued an order...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Federal Workers in the Crosshairs as Fiscal Commission Issues Highly Anticipated Deficit Report Tuesday, the President’s National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, an advisory group of 18 current and former members of Congress tasked with identifying policies to reduce the federal budget deficit, issued its highly anticipated report prescribing solutions to America’s budget...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • What the Proposed Pay Freeze Would Mean for the Federal Workforce Monday, the White House announced its proposal to freeze the pay of all civilian federal employees for two years. The freeze will impact annual cost of living adjustments, rendering increases to 0% for fiscal years 2011 and 2012. Fortunately for federal employees, the freeze will not impact...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Federal Pay Update: Locality Pay Frozen in 2011 In the wake of announcing a two-year pay freeze for civilian federal workers Monday, the White House yesterday announced that it will be temporarily freezing locality pay as well. In a letter to Congress, the president informed legislators that the White House would withhold from extending...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • From the Desk of the President: A Call to Action on Federal Pay Freeze Yesterday, the White House announced its intent to freeze the pay of all civilian federal employees for fiscal years 2011 and 2012. If adopted by Congress, this proposal would result in 0% pay adjustments for federal workers for the next two years. Though this proposal was labeled as a pay...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Telework Legislation Sails Through House; Advances to Obama’s Desk Last week, the House passed the 2010 Telework Enhancement Act, H.R. 1722, a bill that requires agencies to develop telework programs for eligible employees. Passed by a 254-152 vote margin, the legislation now advances to the President Obama’s desk, where his signature would finally deliver a...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Spotlight on Federal Pay: New House Leadership Calls for Federal Pay Freeze As the opening of the 112th Congress grows nearer, calls to cut federal spending and slash the deficit have reached a fevered pitch. With the budget deficit looming large, lawmakers from both chambers have called for belt-tightening measures, many of which unapologetically target federal workers....     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • A Letter From the Desk of the Legislative Director: What the Next Congress has in Store for Federal Employees The 2010 elections are over, and as you probably have heard, there are major changes in the makeup of Congress. The Republican Party has taken control of the House of Representatives, and GOP leadership has declared that cutting federal workers pay and benefits is a top priority. In the first...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • IAM Announces 2011 Communications Trainings at the Winpisinger Center This week the IAM officially announced a number of exciting communications trainings for union members. Hosted at the William W. Winpisinger Center Education & Technology Center in Hollywood, Maryland, the IAM will host 5 separate five trainings for several hundred NFFE-IAM members throughout the...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • A Veterans Day Message From the Desk of NFFE National President William R. Dougan Veteran’s Day is a day of remembrance to honor America’s veterans, living and dead, for their sacrifice in serving their country. It provides an opportunity for us to remember and honor the sacrifices our veterans have made in defending our country and protecting the rights and privileges we all...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • In Landmark Decision, MSPB Finds Federal Career Intern Program in Violation of Veterans Preference Rights In a ruling issued last week, the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) found that the Federal Career Intern Program (FCIP) was in violation of Veteran’s Preference laws, a decision holding major implications for the controversial program. The decision mandated that the program be placed under...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • National President Dougan Talks Post-Election Political Landscape with Federal News Radio This morning, NFFE National President William R. Dougan joined Tom Temin and Amy Morris on Federal News Radio’s Federal Drive, to discuss the aftermath of the recent Congressional elections. Covering key issues such as telework and temporary hiring authority, Dougan discussed the challenges and...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • President Obama Appoints National Secretary-Treasurer William D. Fenaughty to Federal Salary Council Recently, President Barack Obama appointed NFFE National Secretary-Treasurer William D. Fenaughty to serve on the Federal Salary Council (FSC), an advisory body responsible for making recommendations on locality pay for workers under the General Schedule. A civil servant and union representative...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • NFFE Forest Service Council, Management Representatives, Gather for Union Training in Reno, Nevada Last week, Local 1771, Region 5, and the NFFE Forest Service Council hosted its 16th annual Union Officers and Stewards Training in Reno, Nevada. As this event marked the first time in several years members, as well as management, assembled together to confront the complex challenges facing...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • NSPS Transition Office Meets its Goal; Majority of NSPS Workers Now Transitioned into Existing Pay Systems The Department of Defense (DoD) has exceeded its goal of transitioning the majority of National Security Personnel System workers back under existing pay systems. According to the NSPS Transition Team’s website, just under 172,000 of the 226,000 NSPS-covered workers have been reassigned....     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Telework Update: President Obama Issues Statement Promoting Telework Expansion In honor of National Work and Family Month, President Obama yesterday issued a statement promoting workplace flexibilities such as telework, alternative work schedules, and paid leave. His hope for the federal government and private sector is that employers will adopt policies that allow workers...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • NFFE Takes Home Nine Awards in 2010 IAM Communications Contest Last week, the IAM announced the winners of its annual Newsletter and Website Contest, a competition that honors excellence in both print and digital labor journalism. Out of a field of hundreds of Locals and Districts, one name appeared time and time again: NFFE. All together, NFFE Locals and...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • 2010-2011 Organizing Strategic Plan Ready for Action; Read it Here! The NFFE National Organizing Steering Committee is proud to announce the release of the 2010-2011 Organizing Strategic Plan, a plan that we believe will take this unions organizing success to the next level. Building on the accomplishments of last year’s plan, the 2010-2011 edition makes key...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Federal Workers Alliance Calls for FLRA Budget Boost in FY12 In a letter to President Obama last week, the Federal Workers Alliance (FWA) called for a modest increase to the Federal Labor Relations Authority’s (FLRA) budget for fiscal year 2012. In his fiscal year 2011 budget, the President called for $26 million, a figure that the FWA says must be raised...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Telework Gains Momentum as Congress, Administration, Call for Action Ever since a freak snow storm buried our nation’s capital under two feet of snow last winter - shutting down the federal government for four days in the process - telework has been a topic of great interest in Washington. In recent months and weeks, members of Congress and the Obama...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • New 'Federal Employee' Newsletter Now Available! This year's third edition of NFFE's quarterly newsletter, the Federal Employee, is now available! Click here to see what's inside.     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • 200 Convene in Los Angeles for DoD New Beginnings Conference From September 20-23, about 200 representatives of federal unions, the Department of Defense (DoD), and the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) met in Los Angeles, CA to brainstorm ideas for potential changes at DoD regarding performance management, hiring, and workplace incentives. Called the...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Congressman Proposes Legislation Mandating Two-Week Furloughs for Federal Workers Late last week, Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO) introduced a bill that would subject federal workers to a two week furlough this coming year, a move he says will save the government $5.5 billion. When the bill is read closely, however, it is clear that it is less about reducing the deficit and more...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Happy 93rd Birthday NFFE! On Friday, September 17 NFFE celebrated its 93rd year of fighting for federal workers. Ratifying its constitution on this date in 1917, NFFE was the first union to represent exclusively non-postal federal employees. Throughout our near century-long existence, NFFE has played a major role in...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • NFFE Organizing Strategic Plan Review Set for Next Week at the Winpisinger Center; Give Us Your Feedback! The week of September 12-17, members of the NFFE National Organizing Steering Committee will come together in person for just the second time to reevaluate the union’s now year-old Organizing Strategic Plan. Set at the William W. Winpisinger Education & Technology Center in Placid Harbor, MD, the...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Reminder: Registration for Richard N. Brown Memorial Scholarship Motorcycle Run Ends September 10 Registration for the first annual Richard N. Brown Memorial Scholarship Fund Motorcycle Run ends this Friday September 10th. The run, organized by late NFFE National President Richard N. Brown’s sister Kimberly Carl, is scheduled for Sunday, September 19th. Encompassing a 45-mile route throughout...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • A Labor Day Message from National President William R. Dougan Labor Day was first proclaimed a federal holiday by President Grover Cleveland in 1894. Coming off the heels of the Pullman Strike and others before it, in which hundreds of striking workers were killed by federal law enforcement and private union-busters, the first Labor Day was a somber...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • National Federation of Federal Employees: A Century of Progress Ratifying its constitution on September 17, 1917, the National Federation of Federal Employees is the oldest union representing exclusively non-postal federal employees. For nearly a century, NFFE has played a significant role in nearly every important federal workforce policy. In honor of its...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Congratulations to Bryanna Gordon and Rachel McFalls on Winning Richard N. Brown Memorial Scholarships! Today, NFFE would like to congratulate Bryanna Gordon of Hamilton, MT and Rachel McFalls of Brandon, MS on winning the first annual Richard N. Memorial Scholarships. Each was awarded with $1,000 toward furthering their collegiate education this school year.     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • IAM Announces Latest Communicator Class at the Winpisinger Center; Ask About it Today! The IAM this week officially announced that the next Local Communicator Class will be held December 12-17, at the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center at Placid Harbor in Hollywood, Maryland. Offered by the IAM Communications Department, this basic course is geared at Local...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • NFFE Local 589 Members Call for Change at Jackson VA Medical Center After years of frustration with understaffing, mismanagement, and a hostile work environment, NFFE Local 589 physicians are calling for change at the G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery VA Medical Center. In recent months, Local officials have joined together with other unions at the facility to fight back...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • NFFE Local 1 Raises Hundreds at Successful MNPL Party This past Saturday, NFFE National Vice President and President of Local 1 Patricia LaSala, held an immensely successful fundraiser for the Machinists Nonpartisan Political League (MNPL), the political arm of NFFE-IAM. Raising hundreds of dollars over the course of the daylong event, Local 1...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Congress Takes another Swipe at Federal Workers as Senator Proposes Workforce Cap and Reduction Bill Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) last week introduced S. 3747, the Reduce and Cap the Federal Workforce Act, a bill that seeks to reduce costs by diminishing the size of the federal workforce. The bill would first require federal agencies to report their workforce levels as of February 16, 2009 to the...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • Senate Panel Passes Expanded Collective Bargaining For VA Health Care Providers On Thursday, the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee approved a bill (S. 3486) that would extend collective bargaining to Department of Veterans Affairs Title 38 health care providers over issues concerning compensation. Under current statute, VA employees under Title 38, including registered...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • First Annual Richard N. Brown Memorial Scholarship Motorcycle Run Set for September 19; Register to Ride Today Registration begins today for the first annual Richard N. Brown Memorial Scholarship Fund Motorcycle Run, which will be held on Sunday, September 19th, beginning in Watervliet, New York. The run, organized by late NFFE National President Richard N. Brown’s sister Kimberly Carl, encompasses a...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • 1.4 Percent Civilian Pay Adjustment Survives Senate Committee; Advances to Full Senate Despite repeated attempts by certain members of Congress to freeze federal pay, the Senate Appropriations Committee last week upheld the 1.4 percent pay adjustment for civilian federal employees by approving the Fiscal Year 2011 Financial Services and General Government spending bill. Originally...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • New Executive Order Promotes Increase in Employment of Individuals with Disabilities On the twentieth anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, yesterday President Obama issued an Executive Order requiring federal agencies to increase their efforts to recruit and retain individuals with disabilities. In doing so, he aims to increase the employment of disabled workers by...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • President Obama Calls for Improved Federal Workplace Safety in New Executive Memo President Barack Obama issued an Executive Memorandum yesterday announcing the Protecting Our Workers and Ensuring Reemployment (POWER) Initiative, a program which seeks to improve worker safety and lower costs related to workplace injuries.     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
  • National President Dougan Appointed to the Federal Advisory Council on Occupational Safety and Health Yesterday, NFFE National President William R. Dougan was appointed by U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis to serve as a member of the Federal Advisory Council on Occupational Safety and Health (FACOSH), an advisory group that helps plan, develop, and organize federal health and safety programs...     National Federation of Federal Employees        more...  
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