AFGE joins call in Congress to reject cuts to fed compensation
- By FederalSoup Staff
- Jan 08, 2018
The major unions representing federal employees are starting 2018 the way they ended last year—fighting the substantial forces in Congress and elsewhere in government gunning for reducing federal pay and benefits.
Last month, a group of nearly 100 lawmakers led by fed-friendly House members signed an open letter demanding that their fellows and the White House stop their efforts at making feds sacrifice any more than they already have in recent years.
The American Federation of Government Employees immediately threw its weight behind the call.
“Federal employees have had their pay and benefits cut by $182 billion and growing since 2011,” AFGE legislative Director Tom Kahn said in a press release, emphasizing with precision just how much pain a slew of previous freezes and cuts has already imposed. “They are earning 6.5 percent less today than they did at the start of this decade, even as costs for health care, groceries, and other expenses continue to rise. Federal workers can’t afford more cuts to their pay and benefits.”
Federal employees, and their union leaders, continue to press against reductions in benefits—and frequently note that over the last decade feds suffered a three-year pay freeze at the beginning of the decade and have endured relatively low pay raises ever since.