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RETIREES COLA SAVED!

November 2nd, 2017 | Posted by admin in Budget | News | Retirees - (0 Comments)

LETTER FROM AFGE PRESIDENT! 

 

Hello AFGE Retiree Brothers and Sisters –

Let’s start with a thank you to all of you who took the time to make a phone call or send a message to Congress about the federal budget. The Fiscal Year 2018 budget was adopted last week without making any cuts to current or future federal retirees’ benefits. The president’s budget proposed eliminating the COLA permanently for current retirees, and initially approved a budget that turned Medicare into an underfunded voucher program (and Medicaid into a block grant).

While this is good news, the passage of the budget clears the way for a tax reform package that calls for the funding to come from $500 billion in Medicare cuts and over $1 trillion in cuts to Medicaid.

Even more, the budget cuts operating budgets for many agencies, including a cut of $465 million from the Social Security Administration’s operating budget. Right now, appointments for new Social Security claims can take up to 60 days, and benefits appeals can take over two years.

It is estimated that for every $100 million in budget cuts, another 826,000 new retirement or survivors’ claims will not be processed on time.

More Good News on Your COLA

The Social Security Administration announced that the cost of living adjustment (COLA) will be 2.0 percent, higher than in previous years. At the same, the federal retiree COLA for 2018 will be 2.0 percent.

Neither of these COLAs has kept pace with inflation, particularly factoring in the expenses of most retirees, but is an improvement of last year’s COLAs of 0.3 percent for Social Security and 0.3 percent for FERS and CSRS.

 

Click here to read more about the COLA increase.

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.

 

union meetings

 

Monthly Membership Meetings

 2nd Wednesday of each Month.

Time:  6:00 p.m.

Location:  600 W. Madison, Chicago IL 60661

Room:  HWSSC Conference Room #1- 1st FL.

 

 

Read on your Personal Computer!

July 28th, 2017 | Posted by admin in Budget | News - (0 Comments)

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Keep up to date with current news about Your Pay, and Pension! 

See Link:  government-standard_july_august-2017

 

Monthly Telephone Town Hall

CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVE … TELL THEM  

                                                                               “VOTE NO”

 

 

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Stay Connected With AFGE

January 13th, 2017 | Posted by admin in Did you know? | News | Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

UPDATES AT YOUR FINGERTIPS! STAY CONNECTED

 

AFGE will keep you connected on upcoming Legislative Agenda. 

Text “AFGE” to 225568 and start receiving text alerts to the attacks on federal government employees by Congress.

We’re just now out of the first week of January, and we’re already seeing attacks on federal workers rolling in at an unprecedented pace. If something isn’t done soon, working people may soon have little to no rights at work, no representation, and be open to losing their job at the whim of a politician. 

Enough is enough, and we need to demand that Congress stop using federal employees as the easy target. 

Sign up today and Stay Informed. 

 

Where is the Money?

October 3rd, 2016 | Posted by admin in Benefits | News - (0 Comments)

Feds, Retirees to Pay 6.2% More in Health Insurance Premiums

Federal employees and retirees will pay 6.2% more on average for health insurance premiums next year. This unacceptably high increase will hit millions of Americans in the pocketbook, making coverage less and less affordable and will cause many to drop coverage.

“Like most other Americans, federal employees and retirees have seen their standard of living decline due to stagnant incomes and cost increases for basic goods and services,” AFGE President J. David Cox Sr. said. “This is an unacceptably high increase that will force many families to make difficult decisions about how to pay their bills.”

While employees enrolled in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program will pay 6.2% more for their insurance premiums starting in January, the government’s share of those premiums will increase just 3.7%, according to the Office of Personnel Management.

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ARE YOU IN?

May 5th, 2016 | Posted by admin in Did you know? | Events | News | Solidarity - (0 Comments)

The 24th annual National Association of Letter Carriers’
Stamp Out Hunger® Food Drive is on

Saturday, May 14, 2016.

Food Drive
The 24th annual Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger® Food Drive is the nation’s largest one-day, providing letter carriers, other postal employees and thousands of volunteers across the nation the opportunity to meld their forces together to conduct the drive in their local communities.

“Letter carriers touch every residential and business address in this country at least six days a week,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said, “and our continued effort in the fight against hunger—often in our own neighborhoods—has made us all too familiar with the staggering numbers of people in need.”

The availability of nutritionally adequate and safe food, or the ability to acquire such food, is limited or uncertain for 1 in 6 Americans, many of whom are in households with at least one person working.

Last year’s drive collected approximately 71 million pounds of non-perishable food that was left in bags next to postal customers’ mailboxes. It was the 12th consecutive year that letter carriers have collected more than 70 million pounds of food, and it brought the drive’s grand total to more than 1.4 billion pounds of food collected.

The drive is held each year on the second Saturday in May, and so Saturday, May 14, has for months been circled on the calendars of hunger-relief advocates who have watched as food supplies collected during winter holiday drives dwindle day by day. The drive also comes just before many school systems end their academic years, and that often can mean a suspension in subsidized meals for many students.

The food drive’s national partners are the U.S. Postal Service, the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association, the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, United Way Worldwide, the AFL-CIO and Valassis.stamp-out-hunger-

Your Letter Carrier will collect non-perishable food left on your porch.

 

CALL YOUR CONGRESSMAN

April 20th, 2016 | Posted by admin in News | Political | Your Rights - (0 Comments)

CALL NOWMembers,

Right now, Congress is reviewing a proposal to eliminate every federal employee’s most basic rights on the job. If this becomes law, you will have almost no recourse to contest a wrongful termination or suspension.

We need you to call 888-775-3148 NOW and tell Congress: oppose any version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that includes provisions to take away civil servants’ rights!

Here’s what you can do right now to protect your rights:

  1. Call 888-775-3148 and enter your zip code to be connected to your lawmaker.
  2. When you’re connected to your lawmaker, tell them this:
    Hi, My name is _________ and I’m a federal employee from (name of town). There is a version of the National Defense Authorization Act that would take away my right to use the grievance and arbitration process to resolve wrongful suspensions and terminations. If that happens, my only choice would be to file a complaint with the Merit Systems Protection Board, which could take longer and cost taxpayers more money. This is nothing more than an effort to gut my rights as a federal worker
    . Please oppose any version of the NDAA that includes these harmful provisions.

Tell Congress: My rights are NOT negotiable! Call 888-775-3148 NOW

NOTE: Don’t Call from your Government Telephone or during your Work day. 

In solidarity,
AFGE