EPA Employees To Face Up To 13 Furlough Days

EPA Employees To Face Up To 13 Furlough Days

Posted: 03/04/2013 11:56 am EST  |  Updated: 03/04/2013 9:21 pm EST

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Employees across the federal government face furloughs due to sequestration. (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON — Employees at the Environmental Protection Agency may be forced to take unpaid leave for up to 13 days this year, as the federal government absorbs the $85 billion in sequestration budget cuts that went into effect on Friday.

Agency staff will begin to receive their furlough notices on Monday, according to a memo sent out to employees on Friday by Acting Administrator Bob Perciasepe.

“Earlier this week you learned the details of the furloughs — up to 13 days (104 hours) until the end of the fiscal year on September 30, 2013 — and our plan to review our budget status in June 2013 after the first phase of four furlough days (32 hours) to determine if there may be a way to reduce the number of furlough hours that would be required in the second phase,” Perciasepe wrote in the memo, provided to The Huffington Post by an EPA spokesperson. Continue reading “EPA Employees To Face Up To 13 Furlough Days”

AFGE Local Presidents – This Needs to Be Done NOW!

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We lost the Pay Freeze vote (H.R. 273) last week on the House floor, 261-154 with 16 absences. 43 Democrats voted against us, and only 10 Republicans voted with us. Here is the list of Representatives who voted with us and against us on H.R. 273. A “Yes” vote for H.R, 273 is a vote against us; a “No” vote on H.R. 273 is a vote with us. H.R. 273 freezes federal employees’ pay from March 28 through December 31, 2013, making it a full three year freeze.  The bill also freezes the pay of Members of Congress but only from October 1 through December 31, 2013, because their pay has already been frozen from January 1 through September 30, 2013 as a result of the fiscal cliff legislation in January.

It was entirely unfair for the House Republican leadership to devise a legislative procedure to force Representatives to vote on the two measures simultaneously; i.e. in the same bill with no ability to offer amendments.  The Republican leadership’s intention was purely political:  they wanted to force Democrats who voted no on the bill because they support federal employees to endanger their own re-elections because they had voted against freezing their own pay for the final three months of 2013.  Continue reading “AFGE Local Presidents – This Needs to Be Done NOW!”