Federal Daily News
Unions ask lawmakers to spare feds in fiscal cliff deal
A group representing more than 300,000 federal workers is asking Congress to make sure federal employees are not affected by any deal to resolve the threat of sequestration, contending that they have already been impacted enough by government cutbacks.
The Federal Workers Alliance, which comprises 20 federal employee unions, has written a letter to House and Senate leaders urging them to quickly come to an agreement on a budget that will prevent sequestration and avoid going over the so-called "fiscal cliff," but without affecting federal workers.
“Considering that no other group has yet to give anything toward reducing our debt we believe that federal workers have already more than done their part," the letter states.
According to the coalition, feds have contributed $103 billion back to the federal government to reduce the deficit in recent years through consecutive pay freezes, “modest pensions,” and increases in retirement contributions.
“Every day federal employees provide essential services to the American people, including ensuring the safety of air travel and our food, curing diseases, caring for our soldiers and veterans, protecting our borders, and bringing criminals to justice. The ability to recruit and retain the talented employees necessary to fulfill these critical missions will be further threatened by more reductions in federal employee pay and pension compensation," the letter states.
Members of the coalition include, among others, the National Association of Government Employees, the National Federation of Federal Employees, and he American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees.