WASHINGTON – The American Federation of Government Employees is urging lawmakers to oppose the fiscal 2015 budget resolution drafted by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan when it goes to the House floor this week.
The proposed budget would impose undue hardships on federal employees, who already have made “extraordinarily harsh financial sacrifices” during the past few years as a consequence of congressional budget agreements, AFGE Legislative and Political Director Beth Moten said in an April 8 letter to all House members.
Federal employees had their pay frozen for an unprecedented three consecutive years and received a scant 1% raise this year. Roughly 750,000 employees lost up to eight days of pay last summer due to sequestration-mandated furloughs. Employees hired since 2012 are facing massive contribution increases toward their retirement without any increase in benefits.
“Federal workers’ total sacrifice to date is $138 billion over ten years,” Moten wrote. “Yet this sacrifice by federal employees is not enough for Chairman Ryan.”
Among the proposals targeting the federal workforce: