The Civilian Conservation Corps Stewards from Locals #1697, #1840, and #1855 made an outstanding presence for our 2013 Steward Training class held January 13-18 at the International Aerospace & Machinist (IAM) Winpisinger Training Facility located in Hollywood, MD.
This is the March 2013 copy of the NFFE CCC Newsletter!!!!
This is copy of our CCC Briefing Paper to Congress that were taken to Washington, D.C. the week of February 4th. Please feel free to distribute this document.
This is the link to the Federal Register where is specifically speaks about the Methodology for Selecting Job Corps Centers for Closure so please make yourself familiar with what the Department of Labor's proposal is close Centers.
We have attached the NFFE-FSC Response to the comments on Job Corps Center closures to the Federal Register/Department of Labor.
Defense Furlough Notices Delayed Two Weeks; Fewer Furlough Days a Possibility
Thursday, the Department of Defense (DoD) announced that it would be delaying the issuance of furlough notices to hundreds of thousands of civilian employees in response to questions over funding shifts in the latest continuing resolution. Passed by the Senate and confirmed by the House late this week, the continuing resolution shifts funds among certain department accounts that could possibly alleviate some of the 22 planned furlough days. There is no indication yet that this is the case, but the Department felt it was necessary to perform this due diligence before sending anyone home from work. Notices are now expected to be issued on April 5th, meaning furloughs will likely begin no later than May 6th.
House Passes Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Including Painful Cuts to Federal Pay, Benefits, and Jobs
Less than 24 hours after Congress cleared a continuing resolution to fund the government through the remainder of 2013, the House of Representatives succeeded in passing a budget resolution for fiscal year 2014. The budget resolution, introduced by Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) last week, made an uncharacteristically short trip through the House despite its inclusion of several extreme measures. The resolution calls for $132 billion in savings from increasing the amount federal workers pay toward their pensions and “aligning federal pay with the private sector” which, by Ryan’s understanding, means big cuts. It would also reduce the current workforce by ten percent through attrition, costing 200,000 jobs by 2015.
Senate Passes Controversial Funding Measure Extending Federal Pay Freeze Through 2013
Wednesday evening, the Senate passed its version of the continuing resolution, a funding measure poised to keep the government open through the close of the fiscal year in September. Though a government shutdown appears to have been averted, the bill’s passage virtually guarantees that federal pay will remain frozen through 2013. It also maintains sequestration furloughs with a few small exceptions for food safety inspectors. If the House passes the bill and the President signs it, the immediate impact will simply be the status quo – flat paychecks and furloughs just around the corner.
Federal Union Leader on White House Budget: Today Washington ‘Abandoned’ Federal Employees
It’s clear today that Washington has abandoned federal employees. We’ve already seen three consecutive years of frozen pay, a quadrupling in the amount new workers pay toward their pensions, and now painful furloughs scheduled for the majority of the federal workforce. Yet this budget asks federal workers to take another 1.2% cut to their take-home pay by increasing employee retirement contributions yet again; it reduces Social Security benefits by moving to a chained CPI; and it eliminates the FERS annuity supplement for federal employees. We expect certain politicians to make federal workers the scapegoat of first resort. But for the Administration to perpetuate the idea that federal employees haven’t sacrificed enough is absolutely unacceptable.
FEEA Prepares for Federal Furloughs with Help from Congresswoman Norton
Speaking at the Federal Managers Association’s 75th National Convention, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today reaffirmed her intention to donate one day’s pay for each day federal employees are furloughed due to sequestration. Norton plans to divide the donation evenly between supporting federal employees in need via the Federal Employee Education & Assistance Fund (FEEA) and ensuring District residents do not experience a drop in constituent services by preventing furloughs of her own staff.
Union Leader Slams Senate GOP Sequestration Measure Targeting Federal Pay, Retirement
“Here we go again. Rather than proposing a serious solution to sequestration, Senator Ayotte and her GOP colleagues have chosen to dust off well-worn attacks on federal employees that do nothing to fix the problem. Federal employees have already endured over two years of frozen pay and an increase in retirement contributions that will save the government $103 billion over the next decade. When is enough, enough? Serious problems call for serious solutions, and the Senator’s proposal falls well short of that measure. The Federal Employee Retirement System is fully funded and federal salaries have shrunken faster than any time in recent memory. What good will it do to punish them even more?"