NFFE-IAM Storms Capitol Hill for Federal Workers
The NFFE-IAM 2018 Legislative Week proved a huge success this week as NFFE members came to Washington, D.C. to fight for the financial and employment security of federal workers. Members from many departments and agencies attended more than 150 appointments with senators, representatives, and their staff over a four-day span.
NFFE issues carried onto Capitol Hill included VA and Job Corps privatization, parental leave, pay and retirement, appeals rights, official time, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), first responder retirement, and preventing the spread of the failed VA Accountability Act to other agencies.
Notable achievements include continuing progress on “6c” legislation which allows duty-injured first responders to keep their retirement plan and contributions, and gaining Congressional commitments to prevent the privatization and closure of Job Corps centers ran by NFFE Forest Service workers. Members from the Red River Army Depot garnered support for more workload, and all members fought off a shameless attempt by the director of OPM to slash federal retirement that included eliminating COLAs, eliminating the FERS Supplement, and increasing employee contributions while decreasing annuities for retirees and survivors.
During the week, NFFE and IAM members gathered at the Hyatt Washington D.C. where National President Randy Erwin addressed the crowd along with IAM International President Robert Martinez and many members of Congress. On Wednesday evening, an impressive reception allowed members to socialize face-to-face with numerous U.S. Senators and Representatives who were in attendance.
The week started on Sunday with a beautiful welcome reception at the home of Secretary-Treasurer David Stamey. On Tuesday evening, members attended a special reception at AFL-CIO headquarters where several NFFE Locals received organizing awards for 2017, and Patricia La Sala of Local 1 received the NFFE Lifetime Achievement Award. The week capped off with a very tasty barbecue at the home of President Erwin under the culinary offerings of NFFE grill master Roosevelt Littlejohn.