Spending bill grants 1 percent pay raise to blue-collar feds

Spending bill grants 1 percent pay raise to blue-collar feds

Tuesday – 1/14/2014, 8:33am EST

The bipartisan spending bill unveilved Monday night grants a 1 percent pay raise to blue-collar federal employees.

This is the first pay raise in three years for employees under the wage-grade system.

“I’m proud to fight on the front lines for federal employee pay as hard as federal employees fight on the front lines each and every day for America,” Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) said in a statement. “This long-overdue modest pay raise for federal government employees is a good step in recognizing the value of blue-collar federal workers.” Continue reading “Spending bill grants 1 percent pay raise to blue-collar feds”

SEQUESTRATION FACT SHEET #2

SEQUESTRATION FACT SHEET #2

By Jeff Bratko, Steward AFGE Local 704

Sequestration Fact Sheet #1 explained that sequestration will result in automatic, spending cuts in most discretionary spending by Federal Agencies.  Sequestration is required by the Budget Control Act of 2011 (BCA). Fact Sheet #1 discussed the potential impact of sequestration and noted that it does not appear that plans for dealing with sequestration are being shared with employees.  We also warned that waiting to make your own plans until specific information is available may be a costly mistake.

Fact Sheet #2 provides some additional information about sequestration and steps you can take to avoid falling off your personal fiscal cliff.

Is September 6, 2012 an important date? Continue reading “SEQUESTRATION FACT SHEET #2”

SEQUESTRATION FACT SHEET #1

SEQUESTRATION FACT SHEET #1

By Jeff Bratko, Steward AFGE Local 704

You’ve probably heard the word “sequestration” used by the news media during the last few months.  Some people refer to it as being part of the “fiscal cliff” that may occur in January 2013.  There is a lot we do not know about how sequestration will be implemented.  Unfortunately, management is handling sequestration the way it handled the furlough threat a couple of years ago. It does not appear that specific plans for dealing with the sequestration are being shared with employees.  That means that you are on your own in terms of planning for the sequestration.  Waiting to make plans for the sequestration until management provides us with some facts may be a costly mistake.  However, in order to make plans you need some basic facts and that is what this fact sheet provides.

What is sequestration? Continue reading “SEQUESTRATION FACT SHEET #1”

An Upside to the Pay Freeze

An Upside to the Pay Freeze

It’s safe to say the two-year federal pay freeze has not been popular with government workers. Even those who support the freeze acknowledge its limitations: the savings it has generated (estimates are between $60 billion and $70 billion) is a drop in the deficit-reduction bucket, and it’s not exactly a morale booster. The GOP policy platform, which calls for overhauling the federal pay system to bring it in line with the private sector’s, and Obama’s decision to postpone a 0.5 percent pay boost 2013 until Congress passes a budget, has put the issue in the crosshairs once again.

But there could be an upside to the pay freeze for feds. It puts a slight chink in the argument that federal employees are way overpaid compared to private sector workers — a debate that rages on both sides and probably will never be settled definitively. The libertarian Cato Institute, the Washington think tank that has argued federal employees are too generously compensated compared to their private sector counterparts, acknowledged in a recent blog post that the “federal pay advantage” has narrowed, partly as a result of the two-year pay freeze. Continue reading “An Upside to the Pay Freeze”

GOP endorses fed pay overhaul, smaller workforce

GOP endorses fed pay overhaul, smaller workforce

A draft version of the Republican Party’s policy platform calls for restructuring federal pay and benefits and shrinking the government workforce through attrition.

The document, posted online by Politico, praises federal workers for their dedication and “the difficulty of their thankless task of implementing poorly drafted or open-ended legislation,” but said the government is too bloated and that federal pay and benefits are out of whack with the private sector. It proposes cutting the federal workforce through attrition by at least 10 percent and adjusting federal compensation to reflect private sector pay and benefits. “The federal pay system should be sufficiently flexible to acknowledge and reward those who dare to innovate, reduce overhead, optimize processes, and expedite paperwork,” the document stated. Continue reading “GOP endorses fed pay overhaul, smaller workforce”