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H.R. 270 and other 112th Congress actions aimed at federal employees
January 26, 2011 at 4:26 am #121610
There has been an almost daily bombardment in the newspapers about this legislation, that proposed legislation, this executive order, that new idea about how Congress can cut spending at the expense of federal workers. H.R. 270 calls for extending the current pay freeze for federal workers by another three years. Some people I’ve talked to are in favor of an unpaid furlough; most are not. Some have offered other suggestions that have merit (that I hope they will pass on to their elected officials through the FEW website (http://www.few.org) by clicking on the legislative link and scrolling down to http://www.capwiz.com/few to find their elected official and compose a letter).
What do you think of the idea of two weeks of unpaid furlough on top of two (or more) years of pay freezes?
I’ll share my thoughts after some of you have chimed in. I want to see your thoughts and reactions before adding my own two cents.
January 26, 2011 at 1:35 pm #121620
Vicki LowenParticipantFurloughs seem like a good idea but they will end up neither reducing federal debts nor saving money at all and could cause more turmoil than they are worth. You will be forced to pay expensive overtime (or to hire costly contract replacements) to make up for individuals who are out on furlough that day. You still have to pay out benefits to furloughed employees and overhead on their work space and equipment. Plus, productivity and morale both suffer. Furloughs hinder the delivery of services and increase federal government costs.Treating everyone equally seems fair, but it is not fair to top performers. They have done an excellent job, delivered tremendous value for the US Federal Government, yet are punished the same as poor performers. Regardless of the economy, top performers have other job opportunities. During furloughs it will be a perfect opportunity for all employees to look for another job where performance is rewarded. Furloughs unfairly frustrate high-performing and mission-critical business units because they are treated punished. Recruiting will be damaged. Because most furloughs are publicized, potential candidates will certainly think twice about joining the US Federal Government. Furloughs will likely damage to keep the ability to keep top performers or attract best candidates. It will impact the federal workforce and employment. The cost of repairing it will be huge. Furloughs can create less tax revenue for states and the federal government. It’s a domino effect.
January 27, 2011 at 3:49 am #121618
While I know there are no good answers to the federal deficit and all the issues our President and Congress are facing, I don’t believe a mandatory furlough is the answer. Members of the FEW Denver Federal Center Chapter have prepared a document entitled Federal Workers Keep America Running: Every Hour of Every Day. This document which may be found at http://www.few.org/legislative.asp provides one day in the life of an average working mothers and how much we all count on these dedicated public servants. Something to consider prior to furloughs.
There is sure a lot of attention being focused on federal employees – a great deal of myth regarding pay and benefits, etc. I encourage all who would be quick to criticize to first check out the facts and to consider the services these employees provide. For more information on FEW’s legislative program, visit http://www.few.org.
April 8, 2011 at 7:23 pm #121616
Furloughs are not the answer. It is not the federal worker who has put us in this position, but rather Congress and the White House, both former and current.
I don’t remember ever hearing a cry that federal workers benefits and salary should be improved when the private sector were raking in all the benefits and pay.
I understand serious cuts need to be made, and that means those departments that are appropriated the majority of the funds need to be tapped. Sure, you can tap the small departments and agencies, but that is just a small drop in the bucket. Let us get serious and do what needs to be done, and not put the burden on the federal worker, who has done nothing but been dedicated and hard workers in the public sector.
If you are serious about cuts, then stop cutting the top 1% taxes and increase taxes. That is and has been the only way to assist in getting us out of this crisis. I have heard the wolf cry more than once that they will move jobs out of the country. Let me say this loud and clear, this has nothing to do with paying taxes, it has everything to do with greed.
Corporations have learned that they can pay lower wages in poor working conditions and rather than make 34 billion a year. But if they pay decent wages in safe working conditions their profit might drop to 29 billion. Give me a break!.
I am at the top of my grade so the two year pay freeze has hit me hard and continues to hit home as gas prices, food, electricity, etc. goes up. Another 3 years will be even worse. Congress and the american people need to realize that we suffer the same problems and difficulties that they are, we pay taxes, and feel the pain just like everyone else (sometimes even more.)
Been there done that and am tired of the entire Congressional/White House mess!
July 29, 2011 at 9:05 pm #121614
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July 29, 2011 at 9:27 pm #121612
The extremists in the Congress want to make federal employees deficit scapegoats. WIth these types in power, we can only expect more assaults on our pay and benefits. I think there sare some who will not be happy until they strip of us everything. There are even moves afoot to eliminate any type of defined pension benefit for future federal employees. What sacrifices is Congress prepared to make? Will they freeze their pay or reduce their staffs? No way. The double standard is alive and well.
@Shelly, I agree. Feds are bearing the brunt for present and past missteps. In poor economic times, federal employees suddenly become the wealthiest of all. Another urban myth. Taxes have to be raised on the top earners.
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