Federal Unions and Employee Group News

Unions embrace temporary deal to avoid shutdown

Federal employee unions are applauding the fact that Congress and the White House have struck a temporary bargain—just in time to avoid a government shutdown.

NTEU calls for pay parity in raises

The National Treasury Employees Union is calling on Congress to give civilian federal employees a 2.4 percent pay raise in 2018, which is what military members received in the 2018 National Defense Authorization.

Federal unions help press House to reject—for now—cuts in pay, benefits

A range of cuts—some deep and some shallow—to federal pay and benefits, proposed in various House of Representatives bills in recent months, ran into solid federal employee and union opposition, and most of the worst cuts, for now, have been defeated.

Economic historian Peter Philips discusses forces affecting American labor, federal employee unions

An excerpt of an interview with University of Utah economic historian Peter Philips, who looks back at the twentieth century up to the present day—and traces the rise and fall of labor organizations as they struggled to represent workers, including federal employees and their unions.

Lawmakers take aim at firing processes

House Republicans are planning to send a letter to the Trump administration and are garnering signatures to help them promote and solicit interest in easing the firing process for employees across the federal government.

AFL-CIO fights VA privatization

The AFL-CIO and the American Federation of Government Employees have joined efforts to prevent privatizing veterans’ health care and to restore due process rights for VA workers.

House passes resolution calling for $32 billion cut to fed benefits

On Oct. 5, the House of Representatives passed a budget resolution that effectively orders $32 billion in cuts to federal retirement benefits.

Fed retirees get 2 percent COLA in 2018

Federal retirees will get a 2 percent cost-of-living adjustment for 2018, which is in accordance with the latest consumer price data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Veterans push VA to fill job vacancies, amid clamor and protest

This week, Nathan Abse interviews Joe Chenelly, executive director of the 250,000-strong group AMVETS, also known as American Veterans, about issues surrounding the Veterans Affairs department.

Unions react to elimination of labor-management council

Several unions have responded to President Trump’s decision to disband a council created during the Obama administration that encouraged partnerships between labor and agency management.

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