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.
National President Dougan Calls on Congress for Emergency Funding as Federal Fire Suppression Budget Officially Runs Dry
The National Federation of Federal Employees, a national union representing 110,000 federal workers government-wide, including the majority of federal wildland firefighters, is calling on Congress to provide emergency funds to supplement the recently exhausted federal wildfire suppression budget and to restore arbitrary sequestration cuts to firefighting in next year’s budget. In a letter to leaders of both the House and Senate appropriations committees, NFFE National President William R. Dougan called for swift and decisive action. “With so much on the line, our elected leaders cannot in good conscience allow these reckless cuts to undermine the safety of our firefighters and communities,” said Dougan.
Dougan Pens Letter to Congress Urging Support for Cole-Kilmer Amendment to Exempt 180,000 Defense Employees from Furloughs
With furloughs underway for over 650,000 Department of Defense (DoD) workers, serious questions have been raised about the potential for yet another round of temporary forced layoffs in fiscal year 2014. A major point of contention has developed over DoD’s initial decision to furlough 180,000 Defense Working Capital Fund (DWCF) employees – workers paid through reimbursements for the goods and services they provide. These workers are essentially budget-neutral; no savings occur when furloughing them. Many argue that these workers’ budget-neutral status should exclude them from furloughs, yet DoD leadership has thus-far held firm in their decision to maintain furloughs for DWCF employees in FY13.
Campaign to End Defense Furloughs Nets Thousands of Letters from 47/50 States to Nearly 300 Congressional Offices
With furloughs for nearly 700,000 Defense employees just around the corner, thousands of federal workers are speaking out to put a stop to them. This week, the Federal Workers Alliance, a coalition of 20 labor unions representing 300,000 federal employees throughout government, launched a national grassroots campaign to end the impending furloughs once and for all. In just two days the ‘Furlough Red Zone’ campaign has netted over 2,200 letters, sent to nearly 300 Congressional offices. Letters have poured in from 47 of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, from Alaska to Florida and everywhere in between. The number of citizens joining the cause is growing by the day, and the timing could not be more crucial.