Panel, Pentagon Come after Military Families, Employees

March 05, 2015

The exchanges and commissaries are an earned benefit treasured by military families and an important contributor to their quality of life. The modest cost of providing military families with inexpensive but essential goods and services is almost invisible in the Department of Defense’s (DoD) overall budget.

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Categories: DoD, Pay, Budget

This Bill Will Rob You of Your Retirement

March 04, 2015

In a renewed attempt to scapegoat public service employees for the financial crisis Wall Street created, Rep. Bruce Westerman of Arkansas this week introduced legislation that would amend the federal employee pension system to base their pension on the highest five years of salary, instead of the highest three years.

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Categories: Congress, Pay, Retirement

3.8% Raise for Feds in 2016?

January 15, 2015

AFGE-backed bills have been introduced in the House and Senate to give federal employees a 3.8% pay raise in 2016. The House bill was introduced by Representative Gerry Connolly of Virginia, while the Senate bill was introduced by Sens. Brian Schatz of Hawaii and Ben Cardin of Maryland.

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Categories: Pay

Shutdown Avoided

December 11, 2014

AFGE is pleased that a catastrophic government shutdown will likely be avoided with the passage of this crucial funding measure. We urge the Senate to waste no time in passing its version so the cloud of a potential government shutdown is lifted for the remainder of the fiscal year.

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Categories: Congress, Pay, Sequester

Senate Passes New Retirement Savings Fund Bill

December 11, 2014

The Senate this week voted to adopt a House-passed bill that will automatically enroll new hires in the Lifecycle Fund, a federal employees’ retirement savings fund that’s geared toward younger employees and yields higher returns but also higher risk. 

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Categories: Pay

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