Dougan Urges Congress Not to Attach Federal Retirement Cuts, Pay Freeze, to ‘Doc Fix’ and Unemployment Insurance Extension

Wednesday, February 15, 2012


Contact: Cory Bythrow, Communications Director

Phone: (202) 255-9950


Washington, D.C. – In response to reports that Congress is considering the attachment of a federal pay freeze or increase in federal retirement benefits to the ‘doc fix’ and extension of unemployment benefits, National Federation of Federal Employees National President William R. Dougan issued the following statement:


“Reports suggesting that members of both parties are looking to increase federal pension contributions or extend the pay freeze as a ‘pay-for’ to fund extended unemployment benefits and the ‘doc fix’ are deeply disturbing. Though we fully support extending much-needed unemployment benefits for victims of the great recession, we cannot allow it to be done on the backs of other middle class federal workers who are struggling to get by just like everyone else. Instead Congress should ask the wealthiest Americans, who continue to thrive during the economic downturn, to pitch in their fair share. There is something seriously wrong in our country when Congress doesn’t blink an eye at dipping into the pockets of middle class VA nurses and border patrol agents, but threatens to shut down the government when asked to raise taxes for millionaires and billionaires. We cannot keep chipping away at middle class federal workers’ pay and retirement security with reckless abandon. If we want dedicated federal employees to offer top-notch care to our veterans, defend our borders, and maintain the safety of our food supply, we need to keep up our end of the bargain. Federal employees did not get us into this mess, and they shouldn’t be the only ones asked to get us out of it.”


DM   02/17/12 9:56 am
Federal Strike
Do Federal employees ever go on strike or can they? The continued attack on the future job security of every federal worker is insane. First we are asked to give up our cost of living increase for several years, which affects our income for the rest of our careers. Now they are threatening to no longer give anyone that retires after 2012 (hidden in a new transportation bill) a secure retirement. I wonder what would happen if there was a strike?? Are staffers and other employees in Washington DC part of a union??

Recil Mabry   02/16/12 11:07 pm
Former Vice President NFFE Local 273
I'm now retired as a Federal Firefighter of Local 273 at Fort Sill. My wife is still employed by the Department of Army at Fort Sill. I fully understand that all Americans will have to sacrifice during these extremely difficult economic times we live in. Federal employee have sacrificed enough and to keep asking them to do so by increasing pension contributions and extending pay freezes is ludicrous. Federal employees should to be able to enjoy some kind of life and not be made the whipping post of this congress and this administration. It was past administrations and congress that got this country in the economic mess were now in due to wild deficit spending that has went on for over 50 years. Stop blaming federal workers and realize that we too are middle class workers just like many in this great country called America.

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