Important Message from President Cox

Important Message from President Cox

You don’t deserve another pay cut from Congress. But you may be headed for one. That’s why I need you to call your lawmakers right now.

You may be forced to pay more for your pension – beginning next year – if some of the lawmakers working to negotiate a budget deal have their way. We’re hearing that those lawmakers are proposing to more than triple what you pay for your pension. That’s an additional $20 billion pay cut over the next ten years on top of the $113 billion federal employees have already sacrificed. And that doesn’t include lost wages from furloughs.

The very idea of asking you or any federal employee to sacrifice another penny makes my blood boil. That’s why I’m asking every AFGE member, family member and friend to call their lawmakers right now – your Representative and both of your Senators. We’ve got to stop this proposal in its tracks. Continue reading “Important Message from President Cox”

Votes on On Passage of the Bill (H.R. 2775 As Amended)

Stop the Shutdown! Stop the Sequester!

Thanks to all of you for your hard work over the last 16 days. I wanted to provide you with some further information on last night’s vote. The Senate vote was 81-18 and the House vote was 285-144.  A YES vote is “Right” and a NO vote is “Wrong” in both chambers.

Here are the actual votes by Senator.

Here are the actual votes by Representative.

Here is a New York Times  article also describing the shutdown votes.

Check the links above to see if your Senators and Representatives voted the right way. If they did, make sure to thank them for standing firmly by our side during the Lockout, and to remind them to continue stand with us during the FY 2014 budget talks. Click here for the phone script to thank those who voted with us. 

Continuing Appropriations Act, 2014

Continuing Appropriations Act, 2014

The bill H.R. 2775 is a bill that was introduced into the United States House of Representatives during the 113th United States Congress. The original version of H.R. 2775 was called the No Subsidies Without Verification Act and would have declared that no premium tax credits or reductions in cost-sharing for the purchase of qualified health benefit plans under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) shall be allowed before the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) certifies to Congress that there is a program in place, consistent with PPACA requirements, that verifies the household income and coverage requirements of individuals applying for such credits and cost-sharing reduction. Continue reading “Continuing Appropriations Act, 2014”

Chicago Federation of Labor – Sign the Petition


Sometimes, lawmakers on Capitol Hill will write open letters to their colleagues to make sure everyone knows their opinion on an issue. They’re called “Dear Colleague” letters.

There’s been enough ink spilled on the possible government shutdown to go to the moon and back, but here’s the short version: Republicans in the House just forced the government to shut down because they can’t win any of the crazy things they want the American way, fair and square.

Now they’ve turned to hostage taking, and working people—the folks who need the government to work—are the hostages. Sometimes the members of the House of Representatives take a while to get a message. So we’ll break it down for them in a way they’ll understand:

Dear House Republicans:

Get a grip.

Stop the hostage taking. Don’t shut down our country.

Regards,
America’s Working People

Snark aside, this is serious. We all depend on the federal government and the people who work for us there to do critical things—from protecting our rights on the job to food safety inspections to medical research to air traffic control. If the House GOP continues to hold us hostage, they’ll do real damage to us and to our country.

We have urgent problems our nation’s leaders need to address—and the first one is that we need more jobs. A government lockout is the single worst thing politicians can do for jobs. At the very least, we should expect that Congress will stop making our economic problems worse. If you’re as angry about this as we are, we need you to take action right now.

Our country is shut down, and we need you to sign this petition we’ll deliver ASAP to Congress:

go.aflcio.org/we-are-locked-out

In Solidarity,

The Chicago Federation of Labor

 

Stop the Government Lockout!

IMPORTANT: This information should not be downloaded using government equipment, read during duty time, or sent to others using government equipment, because it suggests action to be taken in support of and/or against legislation. Do not list your government email or government address in filling out this message, and do not use a government provided phone for this action.

Stop the Shutdown! Stop the Sequester!The House of Representatives has shut down the federal government. There is one action we need every AFGE member to take right now: Call your Representative.

Call your Representatives at 1-888-775-3148. We’d tell you to call the Senate, but they’re not the problem. We’d tell you to call the White House, but they are not the problem. Both the White House and Senate want to pass a clean spending bill to fund the government. The House of Representatives is the problem.

The House needs to feel the whiplash of their actions, TODAY. We need to put pressure on them like never before. Call them right now at 1-888-775-3148 and demand that they pass a clean spending bill, and stop holding federal employees hostage.

These calls are going to be the most effective way to get your lawmakers’ attention. Keep their phones ringing off the hook. Pick a time when your friends and family are free, and take turns making the calls. Pick a set time to call your lawmakers every day, and keep calling until the Government Lockout has ended. A call takes five minutes. Your job is worth five minutes a day.

Together, we make a difference. So pick up your phone and start calling 1-888-775-3148. And don’t stop calling until the Government Lockout has ended.