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GET ON THE CALL!

October 10th, 2017 | Posted by admin in Budget | Did you know? | News | Political | Shutdown - (0 Comments)

Your Invited!

 

AFGE Invites ALL Government Workers  & Retirees  to participate in a National Union Meeting

  •  Tuesday, October 10  @ 7:00pm CST  OR   9:00pm CST..

ALL government workers — whether they’re an AFGE member or not are WELCOME to join the call. 

A budget passed the House of Representatives on Thursday that would cut your pay and retirement. This budget will still need to be voted on by the Senate.

Please be on either of of these calls to learn how you can help to stop these cuts before they become law. 

On the 1st call, Virginia Senator, Tim Kaine (Senate Budget Committee) will join, AFGE President David Cox.  GLOBAL CALL

  • Call in number:   1-877-229-8493
  • Pass Code:           110858#

 

Don’t use government phones or be in duty status.

 

 

 

President Trump has threatened to shut down the government if Congress fails to fund the U.S.-Mexico border wall.

“Believe me, if we have to close down our government, we’re building that wall,” he said at a rally in Phoenix, Arizona, Aug. 22.

Trump’s comments came when lawmakers are trying to pass legislation to fund the government beyond the 2017 fiscal year, which ends on Sept. 30. During his campaign, Trump promised to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and have Mexico pay for it.

Many lawmakers, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, have rejected the idea outright.

“If the President pursues this path, against the wishes of both Republicans and Democrats, as well as the majority of the American people, he will be heading towards a government shutdown which nobody will like and which won’t accomplish anything,” Schumer said in a statement Aug. 23. “In April, Democrats and Republicans came together to pass a strong, bipartisan appropriations bill that increased funding for our troops, scientific research, border security, and more.”

Building the wall has been a priority for Trump. Earlier this year when the spending package for border wall construction was stripped from the fiscal 2017 funding bill, Trump signed the bill but vowed to try again.

“Our country needs a good ‘shutdown’ in September to fix mess!” Trump tweeted at the time.

The 2013 government shutdown cost the economy $24 billion. About 850,000 federal employees were furloughed. It cost the government $2 billion in lost productivity.

Having to live with constant threats of a government shutdown every year is extremely demoralizing to the federal workforce and damaging the government’s ability to recruit and retain the best and the brightest.

 

 LINK – AFGE

SHUT DOWN UPDATES

September 23rd, 2016 | Posted by admin in Budget | Shutdown | Vote - (0 Comments)

Congress and the Fiscal Year Tick – Tock

the clock is tickingThere’s just a week left until the 2016 government funding runs out on Sept. 30. Members of Congress are racing against the clock to come up with a funding package to avoid a government shutdown.

Will they succeed? What does it mean to you as a federal employee? Here’s what we know:

A government shutdown is very unlikely before the elections.

Nobody wants a government shutdown. Congress is working to pass a short-term funding bill known as Continuing Resolution (CR), which would fund government agencies at the current funding levels through Dec. 9. After that, Congress will need to come up with another spending bill again to prevent a shutdown.

A short-term funding bill means no new resources.

A CR keeps the government running at the same level of funding regardless of new needs and workload. That means it will be difficult to get more funding for important medical research, for example, or to hire more people to screen air travelers or keep our skies safe.     

Your supposed 1.6% pay raise next year is not guaranteed.

President Obama requested a 1.6 percent pay raise in 2017 for both military personnel and civilian employees. If Congress does nothing, federal employees will likely get that amount. But whether Congress does nothing or not depends on who wins the election. Members of Congress have the final say on your pay. So your 1.6 percent raise is still up in the air.

Stay tuned for more information on the government funding tick tock. Visit www.afge.org for news and updates on other key issues important to federal employees.

Not a member yet? Join AFGE today and be a part of the movement that fights for your voice at work and fair compensation.

Cut Our Pay? HELL NO!

October 16th, 2015 | Posted by admin in Budget | Shutdown | Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

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Protect Your Paycheck

Congress needs to pass a budget by December 11th to prevent another government shutdown, and they’re targeting your paycheck to cover the bill. We can’t let that happen to our families and our coworkers.

Take Action Now

Tell your Lawmaker NO Sequestration and NO More Cuts to Federal Employees – Call Today!

1-844-913-7574

MORE INFO:   Save My Pay Check

This information MUST NOT be downloaded using Government equipment, or read during duty time, or sent to others using government equipment. Do NOT use your government email address or government telephone in contacting your Member of Congress or Senator.

 

SHUTDOWN DELAYED 10 MORE WEEKS

September 30th, 2015 | Posted by admin in Shutdown - (0 Comments)

No shutdown

Federal employees face 10 more weeks of needless worry and uncertainty thanks to a vote by Congress to keep the government running only until Dec. 11.

Congress this week passed a short-term funding bill, known as a continuing resolution, to fund the government at 2015 levels until Dec. 11. The funding fight will resume right before Christmas again just like the past few years.

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AFGE word of the Day–PREVENTION!

September 25th, 2015 | Posted by admin in Did you know? | Shutdown - (0 Comments)

AFGE National President J.David Cox conducted a Conference Call Thursday 9-24-2015 with over 50,000 federal employees. 

Maryland Representative Benjamin (Ben) Cardin gave updates on pending legislation,

Follow the Fair Employee Fair Treatment Act of 2015

AFGES Call to Action is:

Lets Prevent the SHUTDOWN by making three (3) calls and three (3)  e-mails PER DAY for SIX (6) days to your two (2) Senators and your Congressional representative. 

Dial one Number and enter your zip code to be connected to your representative. 1-844-913-7574.

This should generate 60,000 to 70,000 calls per day. In Addition, We need every federal employee, their friends and family to make a call.

AFGEs LINK to updated information: SHUTDOWN

Sign up for TEXT Alerts: Text SHUTDOWN to “225568”

 

NOTE: DON’T USE AGENCY TELEPHONE/COMPUTER. DON’T BE IN DUTY STATUS!

Washington prepares for Nervous Breakdown

 

Government Shut Down News

September 19th, 2015 | Posted by admin in Did you know? | Shutdown - (0 Comments)

Will You Get Paid if the Government Shuts Down in Two Weeks?

 

Closed for Business?

Closed for Business?

 

The 2013 government shutdown cost the economy $24 billion, and it could happen again at the end of this month.

That’s why AFGE is mobilizing support for the Federal Employees Fair Treatment Act of 2015 (FEFTA) to be introduced by Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland to ensure that all government employees receive guaranteed back pay for their work in the event of any future government shutdown. The bill also would allow employees with scheduled leave during a shutdown to take that leave.

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As some of you may know, the current funding of the federal government is set to expire on September 30th. AFGE is actively monitoring the situation and working with members of Congress to avoid another shutdown, as well as strongly urging lawmakers to oppose any budget that would negatively impact federal employee wages and benefits.

Senator Ben Cardin (MD) is introducing the Federal Employees Fair Treatment Act of 2015 (FEFTA), which will ensure that all government employees receive guaranteed back pay for their work in the event of any future government shutdown, and to allow employees with scheduled leave during a shutdown to take that leave.

If there is a government shutdown, or if Congress moves forward with a budget proposal that harms workers like you, we will let you know immediately what AFGE is doing to stop it.

Take action on the Budget: Take Action

In solidarity,
AFGE

 

 

Don’t skip your opportunity to “Join this lawsuit” if you were an essential employee required to work during the shutdown with delayed pay.

Notice_of_Lawsuit_Against_United_States [PDF attachment] , or click on the link www.shutdownlawsuit.com
Open the website and click on “join the case” Enter all contact your information to be included.

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Letter sent to the House concerning field offices:

Dear Representative:

On December 5th, the Social Security Administration (SSA) announced that its network of 1250 field offices will no longer provide Social Security Number (SSN) printouts or benefit verification forms to the public. The change, which was scheduled to begin April 1, was delayed by the House and Senate Appropriations Committees because of serious concerns about the harsh impact of this plan on low-income and unemployed Americans, as well as those without computers, printers or computer expertise. It is now scheduled to begin on August 1. (more…)