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Senate Passes Employment Non-Discrimination Act
Last Thursday, the Senate passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) with a bipartisan vote of 64-32. Currently, there is no federal law protecting the U.S. LGBT workforce from employment discrimination based on sexual and gender identity. In 34 states, it remains legal for an employer to terminate an employee based solely on their sexual and gender identity.
Message from the NFFE Veterans Committee
I want to give a salute of sincere appreciation to all our Cold Warriors because you boldly stared in the face of our enemies and dared them not to do anything to harm Americans at home and around the world. It may have been boring, it may have been tedious, but you still surrendered a part of your life in the service of maintaining Peace. That duty was imperative. You are victors and we get to see your victory every day in the eyes of our children and grandchildren.
Support FEEA this Holiday Season
With the holiday season around the corner, NFFE invites its membership to get in the spirit of giving. NFFE members and federal workers are encouraged to make a donation to the Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund (FEEA). FEEA provides needed assistance to federal employees and operates an Emergency Assistance program that provides no-interest loans and disaster grants to federal employees. Recently, three NFFE locals and councils made generous donations to the FEEA fund. Those making donations included: Local 251, the Forest Service Council, and Local 1450.
National President Dougan: “This Era of Congress Manufacturing One Crisis After Another Must End.
With the government likely on the brink of ending its shutdown, William R. Dougan, National President of the National Federation of Federal Employees, a national union representing 110,000 federal workers throughout the U.S., issued the following statement: "Federal Employees are real people, with real families, real bills, and real worries. ...This era of Congress manufacturing one crisis after another must end.”
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.