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Fed unions refocus on Congress

With the reelection of President Obama, federal employee unions turned their attention once again to Congress, which is scheduled to reconvene after Veterans Day to finish out a lame duck session.

With the reelection of President Obama, federal employee unions turned their attention once again to Congress, which is scheduled to reconvene after Veterans Day to finish out a lame duck session.

In a statement, American Federation of Government Employees National President J. David Cox, Sr., said that his organization would begin working with the president and Congress “to pursue a legislative agenda that protects and preserves our vital government services and programs and recognizes the substantial sacrifices that federal employees and agencies already have made toward reducing the deficit.”

National Treasury Employees Union President Colleen Kelley highlighted some of those issues the morning after the election. These included working to ensure that the federal civilian pay raise planned for April is made retroactive to the beginning of 2013, and heading off any additional budget-cutting measures that would further harm employee interests such as pay and pensions.

“It would be harmful to our nation if federal employees and their agencies are looked to for further cuts, including higher contributions to employee pensions and severe budget cuts, in light of the significant contributions they already are making,” she said in a statement.

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