Navy releases guidance on potential furloughs for civilian employees


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Navy releases guidance on potential furloughs for civilian employees

Posted by Josh Hicks on February 20, 2013 at 6:00 am

The Department of the Navy on Tuesday released talking points to help its senior leaders explain the furloughs that will impact civilian employees if Congress remains deadlocked over budget matters.

To review, the government faces automatic spending cuts known as sequestration if lawmakers fail to reach a deficit-reduction deal by March 1. After that, Congress has to come up with a new budget before the existing temporary spending plan expires on March 27 in order to avoid a shutdown.

The Navy’s memo provides insight into what other military departments are likely to say about these matters in coming days. Continue reading “Navy releases guidance on potential furloughs for civilian employees”

AFGE Statement on Federal Salary Council Meeting Addressing Policies that Will Take Effect in January 2014

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October 19, 2012

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AFGE Statement on Federal Salary Council Meeting Addressing Policies that Will Take Effect in January 2014

(WASHINGTON) The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) today issued the following statement on the Oct. 19, 2012 Federal Salary Council meeting addressing policies that will take effect in January 2014.

The Council voted to recommend the addition of twelve new localities for which the pay gap, as measured by Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data, has been at least an average of 10% higher than the gap in the Rest of U.S. locality over the past four years. The Council also reiterated its support for changing the criteria for drawing pay locality boundaries in ways that emphasize commuting rates. All Council members agree that commuting rates are what define a local labor market, and that these data are the best way to understand regional pay. The Council also unanimously voted to ask BLS to restore the portion of the National Compensation Survey that was devoted exclusively to matching federal jobs with those in the private sector and state and local government. Continue reading “AFGE Statement on Federal Salary Council Meeting Addressing Policies that Will Take Effect in January 2014”

Six Reasons Why Government Contracting Can Negatively Impact Quality Jobs and Why it Matters for Everyone


Six Reasons Why Government Contracting Can Negatively Impact Quality Jobs and Why it Matters for Everyone

By Dr. Janice Fine, School of Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers University

Almost one of our every 5 non-farm workers in the US is employed in the public sector, with half of those working in K-12 schools, public colleges, and universities. Recessions and corresponding budget deficits, coupled with the mistaken belief that the private sector is always more efficient than the public sector, has led the federal, state and local governments to contract out many of the services they once provided.

There is considerable and growing evidence that contracting out does not save government and taxpayer money and negatively impacts quality of service. Privatization of public functions reduces government jobs, especially for non-managerial and administrative workers and eliminates good jobs for workers without college degrees. While it may sound like a good idea, contracting out deserves a closer look. This white paper summarizes recent research that shows how the public sector provides quality middle-class jobs, and describes how government privatization eliminates these good jobs without much savings to the taxpayer, and increases inequality, which is costly – today and in the future. As mounting evidence shows, when government functions as a model employer in employment and compensation practices, our families, neighborhoods, communities, states, and society as a whole benefit. Continue reading “Six Reasons Why Government Contracting Can Negatively Impact Quality Jobs and Why it Matters for Everyone”

Court Strikes Down Wisconsin Collective Bargaining Law


September 14, 2012;by Eyder Peralta

The controversial law that curbed the collective bargaining rights of public employees in Wisconsin has been struck down by Dane County Circuit Judge Juan Colas.

The law, if you remember, was championed by Gov. Scott Walker and it unleashed massive protests and even led to Democratic law makers to flee the state to forestall its passage. After it became law, union activists mobilized and triggered a recall vote, which Walker ultimately defeated.

The Associated Press reports:

“Dane County Circuit Judge Juan Colas ruled Friday that the law violates both the state and U.S. Constitution and is null and void. The ruling comes after a lawsuit brought by the Madison teachers union and a union for Milwaukee city employees.

“Walker spokesman Cullen Werwie says he is confident the decision will be overturned on appeal.

“It was not clear if the ruling means the law is immediately suspended. The law took away nearly all collective bargaining rights from most workers and has been in effect for more than a year.”

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that this means municipal workers return to what was the status-quo before the law was passed. State employees still have to abide by the new law.

“The ruling means that, unless it is overturned on appeal, school districts and local officials will have to return to the bargaining table with their workers in a much more significant way,” the Sentinel reports.

AFGE Statement on The Heritage Foundation’s Recent Work Hours Study

WASHINGTON, Sept. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — American Federation of Government Employees National President J. David Cox today issued the following statement in response to The Heritage Foundation‘s report on public and private sector work hours.

“The Heritage Foundation has found yet another opportunity to manipulate data in order to pit the public against government workers. Its recent ‘report’ is utterly misleading in claiming that public sector employees work fewer hours than those in the private sector. The differences Heritage cite evaporate if one adjusts for firm size and length of service – the two most important factors determining hours of work and paid time off. Continue reading “AFGE Statement on The Heritage Foundation’s Recent Work Hours Study”

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