Good bye 2018. Hello 2019!
We hope everyone is well rested and ready to take on new challenges. Thanks to our determination and collective action, we had so much success on the legislative front in 2018! Here’s to an even better 2019!
Our past challenges have taught us that we can win if we stand together. When we set specific goals and steps we need to take, we create the future we deserve.
A fight is raging this very moment to end the shutdown, reopen the government, and put public servants back to work. House democrats have passed a package of bills to reopen the government, but it is not expected to make it to the Senate for a vote. So while Congress and the Administration play politics, federal employees hang in the balance.
Are you ready to fight?
Here are our legislative priorities for 2019:
We’re fighting for agencies that have been starved of resources such as, the Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Census Bureau, and the Bureau of Prisons.
Although dues deduction is protected by statute, the Trump administration may try to undermine this process through an Executive Order or collective bargaining.
We will stand firm against any system that allows pay raises to vary by occupation and “performance.” Such a system will politicize the civil service and invite discrimination.
Federal employees are worse off today financially than they were at the start of the decade. They have had their pay and benefits cut by over $200 billion since 2011.
It’s important for us to prevent further cuts to federal employees’ compensation and benefits.
We also need to oppose efforts to contract out inherently governmental services.
We oppose efforts to expand hiring authorities for term and temporary positions as a way to create a disposable workforce – easy to hire, easy to fire.
We will take action against any reorganization plans that would politicize the workforce and involve massive contracting out under the banner of “shared services” or “centers of excellence.”
Support legislation that protects government workers. Examples include fighting for Rep. Bennie Thompson’s legislation that will give Title V rights to TSA officers, supporting Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick’s changes to the VA Accountability Act, and advocating for Rep. John Larson’s legislation for increased funding for Social Security and a moratorium on Social Security Administration field office closures.
Join with your coworkers to raise our collective voice and win!
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