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    rochelle bryant
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    WHO CARES ABOUT THE GOVERNMENT WORKER? DO YOU?
    Imagine that you have been a proud public servant for over 30 years, receiving the highest performance ratings, and no disciplinary actions in your record, but out of nowhere you receive a letter of proposed termination. The proposed termination has nothing to do with your performance or conduct on the job but is because the budget crises and overall bad economy hit your family personally resulting in your spouse being laid off, which further resulted in your credit rating slipping, and this letter says your ability to maintain the public trust is now in question. I hope you didn’t have to stretch your imagination too far because that is exactly what’s happening to employees across the government who find themselves in a catch 22, trying to stay afloat on bills after going from 2 income to 1 income households, and that 1 income now potentially being taken away from you. That’s clearly not good for you but how is that even good for the economy?
    With budgets stretched tighter and so many of us living paycheck to paycheck in some cases due to furloughs, you should care because it could happen to you. But, as federal employees, we should all care what happens to one another, either because that’s the right thing to do or for your own self-preservation. But, whatever your motive, I hope you will attend our BIG Region XI 2nd Annual Federal Employees Town Hall where one of the primary topics of discussion will be sequestration and its continuing impact on federal workers and how we can collectively protect our interests as proud public servants.
    The town hall will take place on Saturday, September 28, 2013, beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the NOAA headquarters, 1325 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD, 2nd floor conference room. And, like last year, the program will consist of a series of speakers addressing our audience of federal employees. As you will see from the attached flyer, we will spend the bulk of the time with presentations from AFGE District 14 National Vice President Eric Bunn, Sr. and Nathaniel James, AFGE Local 3331 President, discussing their organization’s efforts related to the sequester and other issues impacting federal employees. And, later in the program, Ali Muhammad, USAID Diversity and Inclusion Officer, will discuss the findings from the EEOC Work Group report issued earlier this year and where we go from here. We will round out the town hall with remarks from other employee resource groups describing their recent activities and their value added to federal careers, including our own BIG National President Darlene Young, as well as Michelle Crockett, President of Federally Employed Women, and Robyn Kehoe, Director of Field Operations, with the Federal Employees Education and Assistance Fund (FEEA). We also have outstanding invitations to Congressman Chris Van Hollen, Congressman Steny Hoyer, AAFEA (tentatively confirmed), SAIGE, and the Coalition for Effective Change, among other organizations.
    Of course, the purpose of this event overall is to see how all of our organizations can work together cooperatively to address issues of mutual concern. And, I personally hope that it is an event that we will replicate around the country, region to region, chapter to chapter, making this an opportunity to discuss with like-minded organizations how we can pool our resources in order to become stronger advocates for our members.
    I hope to see all of you there! Unfortunately, this room does not have call in features.
    Best Regards,
    Shirley A. Jones, Esq.
    BIG Region XI Council President
    “We cannot solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them.” Albert Einstein

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