National President Dougan:

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Contact: Drew Halunen, Communications Coordinator
Phone: (202) 216-4458

Washington, D.C. – Following the release of President Obama’s budget, 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:

“While the President’s budget is an improvement from last year, the proposed one percent pay adjustment of federal employees in 2015 remains woefully insufficient,” Dougan said.

“The President has suggested that the proposed one percent pay adjustment is going to allow for the federal government to be more competitive in recruiting top-tier candidates. This line of thinking is flawed because the real income of the federal workforce is decreasing following a rise exceeding one percent in the Consumer Price Index and the Employment Cost Index in the previous year. A one percent pay adjustment in 2015 would mean the real income of federal employees would continue to erode. Further, the President’s budget is the federal government’s signal to the private sector and the country at-large that cuts to real income are acceptable. They are not,” Dougan said.

“Here is the bottom line: With a one percent pay adjustment, real incomes for federal workers will continue to shrink. After all the sacrifices federal workers have made in recent years, further eroding their real incomes is unacceptable. Following unprecedented austerity, federal employees’ shrinking real income needs to be addressed, and it is not addressed in the President’s budget this year,” Dougan said.

“While we applaud the President for protecting federal employees’ retirement security in his budget, I believe we are nearing a tipping point for the federal workforce. Following years of unsustainable and extreme budget measures, workers are becoming increasingly unhappy with their federal employment. We are reaching the point where we are putting federal agencies at risk of being unable to conduct the business of the American people.” Dougan said.

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

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A. Harper   03/10/14 9:26 am
comment on federal employment
From my observation post and from listening to a lot of employees in the FS, employee morale and spirit is nearly hit bottom if not already. We are experiencing unprecedented turnover, people taking details to get away from their units, and others looking to the exits (retirement, buyouts, etc). One employee in our unit has taken a Peace Corps tour and told me it was to escape the madness for lack of help in her role.

My advise to those seeking employment: Don't look for work in federal government service because those workers will experience a continued assault on benefits, pay, and only more public rebuke and political blacklisting. I am very close to retirement and have never seen it as bad as it has become over this past several years. I am a proud Viet Nam era veteran and public servant, but in all honesty I can not endorse the USA as a nation to serve anymore -- Americans and their politicians in general have become not only ungrateful and disgraceful of their civil servants, but downright hostile.

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