Unions Prevail! Federal Benefits Safe…For Now.
After aggressive lobbying from NFFE and its federal coalition partners, more than $32 billion in cuts to federal employee pension and health benefits were deleted from the FY 2018 Budget Resolution, which was passed by the House and Senate late last week. The effort to fight federal benefits cuts extended to the final hours of consideration in the House, ultimately voting to accept the Senate version of the budget resolution which contained no cuts. While this is a solid victory for federal unions, the fight is far from over.
“We can expect to see additional attacks on federal families and the middle class very soon,” stated Randy Erwin, NFFE National President. “I want to thank NFFE members who called and wrote to their representatives in congress to defend their rights to earned benefits. Also, I want to acknowledge the great work of the federal labor coalitions that tirelessly campaigned on behalf of all federal workers. Every federal employee should thank a union member today for helping to protect their financial security tomorrow.”