Although Congress passed a three-month continuing resolution (CR), severe cuts to take-home pay for current employees and pensions for retirees are still on the table.
As congressional leaders and the administration work to reach agreement on a 2018 budget resolution before the Dec. 8 deadline, lawmakers are considering several proposals that would harm federal employees. They include raising the amount that current employees must pay toward retirement; basing future retirement benefits on the average of the highest five years of salary instead of the current three; eliminating the supplement for employees who retire before they start collecting Social Security at age 62; eliminating cost of living adjustments (COLA) for retirees covered by the Federal Employee Retirement System; and reducing COLAs for Civil Service Retirement System retirees.
NTEU is encouraging all members to send a letter today and every week to oppose these proposed pay and retirement cuts. At the same time, NTEU is watching these bills that could affect you:
Fair Pay and Benefits: Bills in the House and Senate would provide federal employees with an average 3.2 percent raise next year, higher than the average 1.9 proposed by the administration.
Paid Parental Leave: Legislation would provide six weeks of paid leave to federal employees who are new parents.
Abolishing Key Agencies: Bills would eliminate the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Environmental Protection Agency and Internal Revenue Service.
Gutting Workplace Rights: House bills would eliminate employee due process, appeal and representation rights and curb collective bargaining.
Threats to Financial Regulatory Agencies: A House bill would gut the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and weaken several NTEU-represented financial regulatory agencies.
Visit NTEU’s Legislative Action Center to make your voice heard on these important issues.