Federal Employees News Digest
Feds air furlough fears on message board
- By FEND Staff
- March 04, 2013
The Federal Workers Alliance—a coalition of 20 federal employee unions—launched an online message board, on which feds have been discussing just how sequestration furloughs would impact their lives.
“I dare you to read their stories and tell me that what’s happening to these people is okay,” FWA Chairman and National Federation of Federal Employees President William R. Dougan said. “These aren’t just ‘faceless bureaucrats in Washington, D.C.’ These are single mothers, widows, and couples nearing retirement who are frightened that 20 percent or more of their pay will disappear overnight. After more than two years of frozen pay these people were already on the edge; sequestration furloughs will be the final shove over.”
Hundreds of employee’s stories on the site by press time attest to the trouble coming down the line for so many thousands of federal employees.
For example, one employee writes: “My monthly salary reduction under furlough will exactly equal my largest monthly expense, my mortgage. I am a single parent (widowed), raising two middle school-aged children alone. I will likely have to sell my house to make it work with a reduced salary. Like most federal workers, we live month to month in a city with high cost of living. I will still be expected to get the same job done in less time for less pay.”
Another says: “I have three children, a mortgage, a car payment, several credit card bills, my elderly father lives with me as well. I am already struggling to survive each month. If I lose 20 percent of my income I’m sure that I will have to sell my car and not pay my credit card bills…I am an upstanding citizen of these United States. I pay my taxes and my bills. I volunteer for many community activities. I understand that something must change, what I do not understand is why my family must suffer, or why everything I have worked so hard for in life must hang in jeopardy.”
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