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Federal Unions and Employee Group News

Fed agencies play huge role in Harvey, Irma rescue efforts

Federal employees in the tens of thousands are participating in the rescue and cleanup efforts in the aftermath of hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

Senate measure would tie official time with retirement benefits

The Senate is considering two measures that aim to address “official time,” and put restrictions on some federal employee’s retirement benefits.

VA hospital employees protest unfilled vacancies

Veterans Affairs hospital employees have been staging protests across the country demanding that the department fill 49,000 vacancies immediately to ensure veterans receive the care they need.

Postal workers receive COLA, wage increase

Career letter carriers have begun earning the first two cost-of-living adjustments as part of a new contract as well as the 1.2 percent general wage increase that was effective this past November.

Contractors warned to prepare for shutdown

The president of Professional Services Council, which represents 400 services and information technology organizations that provide services to federal agencies, said contractors should now begin planning for a government shutdown.

Lawmakers, others urge for Kelly replacement

Lawmakers and employee groups are urging President Trump to quickly replace Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly.

First attempts of 'Holman Rule' unsuccessful

Lawmakers have made their first use of the “Holman Rule,” which enables them to reduce the number of federal workers at specific agencies or cut their salaries as a provision of or an amendment to an appropriations bill.

Senate panel advances 'official time' bill

A Senate panel on July 26 approved legislation requiring the Office of Personnel Management to submit an annual report to Congress on the use of official time by federal employees.

House rejects VA funding plan

The House on Monday rejected a plan to allow the Department of Veterans Affairs to redirect funds to cover an expected budget shortfall that could threaten medical care for thousands of patients.

Union: Possible pause in “excessing” at Postal Service

The American Postal Workers Union and the National Postal Mail Handlers Union may have stalled a move by Postal Service management to implement further staffing cuts—at least temporarily.

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