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Featured News ArticleLegal Eagle, July 2016 Edition
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NFFE and Allies Fight Legislation Gutting Federal Employee Due Process Rights
While supporters of this bill touted gimmicky provisions such as a moratorium of federal employees viewing porn on government computers, the vast majority of the bill was made up of arbitrary and punitive attacks on the due process rights of federal employees. As we continue to defend against the ever-rising wave of Congressional attacks on the working men and women of the federal workforce, opponents are getting increasingly aggressive in their attacks on federal employee due process protections. Congress has repeatedly demonstrated their blatant disregard for the Constitution as it applies to federal employees, and it is up to us to stop them.
NFFE Letter to USFS Chief Tidwell Regarding Civilian Conservation Corps Program
The blame for the recent closure of Treasure Lake and Ouachita Civilian Conservation Centers, as well as the chronic poor performance of other Centers, falls squarely on the shoulders of the inept leadership at the CCC National Office. NFFE will not stand idly by and let the lack of leadership and experience run this historic program into the ground. We stand ready to work with the Agency to tackle these significant challenges facing our program. With the new program year starting July 1, it is imperative that we meet with you and your leadership team in the near future to discuss the future of our Centers.
NFFE Continues Fight for a Real Pay Adjustment
Last month, NFFE joined forces with 20 organizations representing federal employees in calling for lawmakers to approve a much-needed 5.3 percent pay adjustment for federal employees in 2017. The currently-proposed 1.6 percent pay adjustment by Congress is woefully inadequate and fails to account for the rising cost of living expenses and increased FEHB premiums federal employees must endure every year.
Democratic Platform Fails to Advocate for Federal Workforce
While certainly better than the destructive GOP Platform adopted at last week's Republican National Convention, the 2016 Democratic Platform does little in the way for federal employees. It is discouraging that a platform repeatedly referencing federal resources and programs fails to mention supporting the workforce tasked with administering those programs. At a time when federal employees are under constant attack from a hostile Congress, we need real allies ready to stand with us in our fight.
GOP Platform Wrong for Federal Employees
We get nowhere as a country when one political party seeks to take away hard-earned pay and benefits from this nation’s civil servants. At a time when federal employees make 35 percent less than comparable private sector workers, the GOP demands further cuts in salaries and benefits of our VA nurses and doctors, wildland firefighters and the men and women maintaining the readiness of America’s military.
Feds feel the burn over huge long-term care price hike
Federal employees and retirees are feeling the burn. They’re hot over the huge jump in their long-term care premiums that will take effect Nov. 1. The increases will average 83 percent â€” that’s $111 per monthÂ â€”Â and rise as much as 126 percent. John Hancock Life...
Cost to maintain Afghan military vehicles skyrocketed because of Pentagon mistakes, report says
The Pentagon’s effort to maintain vehicles for Afghanistan’s military and train local troopsÂ toÂ take care of its fleet has been a failure, a watchdog reported Thursday, with the program’s costÂ more than doubling to $423 million. Now dozens of unanticipated...
Weather Service conducts â€˜illegal surveillanceâ€™ on staff, union says
If itâ€™s on Facebook, can it be secret? Members of the National Weather Service Employees Organization (NWSEO) thought they had a secret Facebook page that was available only to them. But not only did National Weather Service (NWS) management officials know about the page, they...
Democratsâ€™ platform barely mentions feds, but their unions strongly support Clinton
Democrats have long been in the corner of federal employees, but those workers are almost absent from the 2016 Democratic platform. This reference to the federal workforce is an indirect one to job applicants: â€œThe next president should take executive action to ban the box for...