National President Dougan: “This is Death by 1,000 Cuts.”

Wednesday, December 11, 2013


Contact: Drew Halunen, Communications Coordinator

Phone: (202) 216-4458


Washington, DC – With the announcement of an agreement reached by the Budget Conference Committee, William R. Dougan, National President of the National Federation of Federal Employees, the oldest federal employee union representing 110,000 federal workers throughout the U.S., issued the following statement:

“NFFE cannot support a budget deal that once again targets federal employees for budget offsets. The fact that the targeted cuts are less egregious than those Rep. Paul Ryan’s proposed earlier this year is a small consolation to the thousands of middle-class families that will suffer if this budget is adopted. We cannot stand idly by as Congress continues to erode federal employee compensation. Federal workers cannot sustain these targeted attacks any longer. This is death by 1,000 cuts.

Federal employees are continually used as political punching bags. I cannot believe Congress has the audacity to target federal employees once again. Federal employees have contributed $113 billion in deficit reductions over the past three years in the form of pay freezes, increased pension contributions and the turmoil of a government shutdown. This budget treats new federal employees as second-class citizens while robbing future generations of their dignity. Congress continues to make damaging cuts to America’s workforce while corporate special interests are given a pass again and again. Enough is enough.”


Established in 1917, the National Federation of Federal Employees is the oldest union representing civil service federal employees. NFFE represents approximately 110,000 federal employees in 35 separate departments and agencies government-wide. NFFE is affiliated with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, AFL-CIO. For more information, go to

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