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Federal Employees Have Given Enough to Deficit Reduction Efforts, Says Federal-Postal Coalition
Representatives of federal and postal employee, retiree and management groups
Wednesday strongly urged Congress and the administration not to turn to the
federal workforce for further pay and benefit contributions in their efforts to
address the pending fiscal cliff.
In a joint telephone news conference with U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD),
representatives of the 31-member Federal-Postal Coalition emphasized that
federal employees already have contributed $103 billion over the next 10 years
to deficit reduction efforts in three separate actions.
In introducing the congressional leader, Maureen Gilman, legislative and
political director of the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU, http://www.nteu.org), said, "As ranking member of
the House Budget Committee, Rep. Van Hollen is a key player in fiscal cliff
discussions. He has demonstrated time and again that he is a very strong
supporter of the federal workforce and we are pleased that he is willing to
speak out for federal workers today."
"The hardworking men and women who make up the federal workforce have made a
substantial sacrifice over the past two years to help bring down the deficit.
They have proven willing to do their part but cannot bear this burden alone,"
said Rep. Van Hollen. "I will keep fighting to ensure federal employees are not
asked to contribute more than their fair share as we work to put our fiscal
house in order."
In addition to Van Hollen and Gilman, federal workers and retirees were
represented by Bruce Moyer, chair of the Federal-Postal Coalition; Jessica
Klement, legislative representative of the National Active and Retired Federal
Employees Association (NARFE) and chair of America Counts On Us; and Beth Moten,
legislative and political director for the American Federation of Government
The speakers pointed out the current two-year federal pay freeze will result
in a contribution of $60 billion over the 10-year budget horizon; the 0.5
percent pay raise under consideration for calendar year 2013--currently delayed
until next April--will result in another $28 billion from federal workers; and a
higher pension contribution from new federal hires after Jan. 1, 2013, will mean
another $15 billion in budget savings.
The Coalition is not the only group calling for sacrifices from others before
federal workers are asked to do even more. Last month, Washington-area House
members sent a bipartisan letter to the leaders of both parties in the House and
the president emphasizing the $103 billion in federal worker contributions.
"Federal and postal employees and their families share our commitment to
serving the American people in the most efficient, cost-effective manner, and
just like other taxpayers, they, too, are struggling during these tough times,"
they wrote. "Our dedicated civil servants understand the principle of shared
sacrifice and justifiably expect others will actually share in it."
The House members added: "We respectfully request that you carefully consider
the implications that any proposed agreement would have on these Americans so
that it reflects the substantial budget savings that the federal workforce has
contributed thus far."
Member organizations of the Federal-Postal Coalition include:
American Federation of Government Employees
American Federation of State,
County and Municipal Employees
American Foreign Service
American Postal Workers Union
Federal Managers Association
International Association of Fire Fighters
of Machinists and Aerospace Workers
International Federation of Professional
& Technical Engineers
Laborers' International Union of North
National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association
Air Traffic Controllers Association
National Association of Assistant United
National Association of Federal Veterinarians
Association of Government Employees
National Association of Letter
National Association of Postal Supervisors
of Postmasters of the United States
National Council of Social Security
National Federation of Federal Employees
League of Postmasters
National Postal Mail Handlers Union
Letter Carriers' Association
National Treasury Employees Union
Weather Service Employees Organization
Organization of Professional Employees
at the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture
Patent Office Professional
Professional Aviation Safety Specialists
Senior Executives Association