Obama’s Message to Feds: ‘None of This Is Fair to You’

Obama’s Message to Feds: ‘None of This Is Fair to You’

Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP

As agencies scrambled to implement their shutdown procedures Tuesday, President Obama greeted the nation’s 2 million civilian federal employees and 1.4 million active-duty military members with a letter, in which he took “a moment to tell you what you mean to me — and to our country.”

Obama noted the employees’ varying roles in providing national and economic security, mentioning guarding borders, enforcing civil rights, helping expand small businesses and exporters, and those “who guide hundreds of people each day through the glory of America’s national parks and monuments.” Continue reading “Obama’s Message to Feds: ‘None of This Is Fair to You’”

Lawmakers in shutdown debate will get paid no matter what

Lawmakers in shutdown debate will get paid no matter what

Sep. 26, 2013 – 01:26PM   |  By RICK MAZE   |

A government shutdown won’t stop members of Congress from being paid, although the House of Representatives has voted to stop receiving pay if the nation faces the more serious problem of defaulting on its debts.

Rank-and-file members of the House and Senate receive $174,000 in annual salaries; congressional leaders get more. Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, third in line for the presidency, receives $223,500 a year, slightly less than the $230,700 salary for Vice President Joe Biden and about half of the $400,000 salary for President Obama.

Members of Congress, along with Obama and Biden, get paid during a government shutdown because their jobs are authorized by the U.S. Constitution and they are paid with mandatory funds not dependent on passage of annual appropriations. Continue reading “Lawmakers in shutdown debate will get paid no matter what”

Please Sign AFGE Local 704’s Petition!

Stop the Furloughs and Cancel the Sequester!

This petition will be delivered to:

United States Senate

  • The Honorable Richard J. Durbin (IL) U.S. Senate
  • The Honorable Barbara Boxer (CA) U.S. Senate
  • The Honorable Mark S. Kirk (IL)U.S. Senate
  • The Honorable Barbara A. Mikulski (MD)
  • The Honorable Ron Johnson (WI)
  • The Honorable Tammy Baldwin (WI)
  • The Honorable Amy Klobuchar (MN)
  • The Honorable Al Franken (MN)
  • The Honorable Carl Levin (MI)
  • The Honorable Debbie Stabenow (MI)
  • The Honorable Dan Coats (IN)
  • The Honorable Joe Donnelly (IN)
  • The Honorable Sherrod Brown (OH)
  • The Honorable Rob Portman (OH)

U.S. House of Representatives

  • The Honorable Steny Hoyer (MD-5th)
  • The Honorable Nancy Pelosi (CA-12th)


Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital; issues of retaliation and harassment occurring at the facility.

Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital; issues of retaliation and harassment occurring at the facility.

By Germaine Clarno (Contact)

To be delivered to: Jeffrey Murawsky, VISN 12 Network Director, The Illinois State House, The Illinois State Senate, Governor Pat Quinn, The United States House of Representatives and 2 other targets (click here to see more)

Petition Statement

Help stop the widespread employee harassment, retaliation, and intimidation at Edward Hines Jr. VA Medical Center!

Petition Background

To truly honor our veterans, we must ensure the people who care for them are respected and feel safe in their workplace. This is often not the case at Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital in Illinois, where dedicated employees have frequently been victimized by widespread harassment, retaliatory actions against those reporting abuses, bullying, and other forms of intimidation.

Upper management at Hines has not been responsive in investigating these offenses, which violate Veterans Administration policies, contractual agreements, and the constitutional rights of those victimized. In many instances, members of management have themselves been guilty of these abuses. In other instances they have ignored complaints, dismissed them outright, and used pressure and threats against some employees making these complaints.

Instances of bullying and harassment have increased exponentially, with 650 complaints in the past year as verified by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission office records. Hines management has refused to accept accountability or even conduct an open discussion on these issues, despite detailed complaints brought to their attention by employees and representatives of the American Federation of Government Employees Local 781. Members of the National Nurses Union and the Service Employees International Union have also reported similar instances of harassment. Continue reading “Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital; issues of retaliation and harassment occurring at the facility.”

Stop the Furloughs, Pay Freezes, and Downgrades

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 or against legislation. Do not use your government email address or government phone in contacting your Member of Congress.

Stop the Furloughs, Pay Freezes, and Downgrades

As all of you know our members are facing some huge challenges. Whether it’s our brothers and sisters who are about to be furloughed, or our brothers and sisters who are facing downgrades, or all of our members who are facing the third year of pay freeze, there is not one AFGE member who is not facing a threat to their wages or benefits. We know that with the stroke of a pen Congress could end sequestration; we know with the stroke of a pen they could end the pay freeze, and we know with real leadership they could end these needless attacks on federal workers.

But the only way Congress is going to change their policies is if they feel pressure and the only way can build pressure is for every AFGE member to be involved. On the page, you will find three activities you can do to help end these harmful policies. Continue reading “Stop the Furloughs, Pay Freezes, and Downgrades”