Congress and the Fiscal Year Tick – Tock
There’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.
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Six ways the agency, its employees, and the American people will be hurt if they get their way:
1. A 10-day furlough of all SSA employees
2. An agency-wide hiring freeze
3. A reduction in local office hours
4. Permanent closing of many field offices
5. Increases in wait times on the national 1-800 number and field offices
6. An increase in processing time for benefits
On every paycheck you earn, you’re made a promise. The money deducted for Social Security is a promise that protects us all against the risk of lost income for our family in the event of the disability or death of a breadwinner, and in retirement. Social Security isn’t just a promise from the U.S. Government – it’s a commitment we’ve made to each other.
Social Security helps everyone, from the retirees who receive benefits after decades of hard work, to millions of children who depend on it to survive. In 2014, 3.2 million American kids directly received Social Security benefits, mostly as the result of a parent passing away. It also serves as a lifeline to the 10 million workers who are too injured to work, or disabled.
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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.
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On April 1, 2014 the AFGE SSA General Committee filed a grievance (GM UMG 14-01). The issue was the disparate impact of the Agency’s application of the PACS appraisal system against minority and disabled employees, as evidenced by the distribution of ratings in FY 2013 appraisals to AFGE bargaining unit employees.
The Union’s review of the data reveled that minority and disabled employees received a disproportionately lower share of “Outstanding (5)” appraisals than non-minority and non-disabled employees.
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
Have you heard, your representative will be voting on The “Federal Adjustment of Income Rates” or “Fair Act” that was introduced to the committee on Oversight & Government Reform on 1/13/8015.
H.R.BILL 304: To increase the rates of pay under the statutory pay systems and for prevailing rate employees by 3.8% for other purposes.
Let your representative know if you support a 3.8% pay raise for Federal Employees by calling AFGE Legislative Hotline: (1-844-913-7574).
Congress has once again targeted government employees to pay for their irresponsible policies by passing a budget resolution that cuts your pay by 12 percent. AFGE swiftly mobilized its members into action.
Through our nationwide campaign, we’re telling Congress “No Way” to more cuts to our paychecks.
AFGE has created an online Budget Action Center to deliver tools that our members need to lobby Congress to kill this disastrous budget deal. By visiting www.afge.org/BudgetActionCenter, members can send letters to their members of Congress, tell their communities how a pay cut would impact them and share content on social media that shows their friends and family what a 12 percent pay cut means to them.