NATCA, Fellow Federal Unions Need Your Help!
Friday, July 15, 2011
According to recent published reports, the Federal Employee Retirement System (FERS) “has emerged as a key target” in negotiations about our national debt.
Uncertainty is paramount in Washington as lawmakers wrestle with how to deal with the nation’s debt. From every corner of the Capitol, stakeholders such as industry, contractors, non-profits, defense spending, social and educational programs, and entitlement programs are concerned about the potential impact the eventual compromise will have on their industries. Federal employees are no exception.
NATCA and other federal employee unions and associations have been working on the FERS issue as a top priority for over a year now. This issue, like many others that negatively impact federal employees, is being driven by the current environment in Washington, D.C., to reduce the deficit, in part, on the backs of federal employees.
This issue is part of the high-level deficit/debt-ceiling discussions that are currently on-going. Though all these discussions are happening behind closed doors, and no one can speak with certainty on what cuts will end up as part of a deal, federal employee benefits are likely targets, as they were in the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform recommendations released last year.
Just as we did with the pay freeze issue and the Deficit Commission recommendations, we are advocating hard with the White House and House and Senate leadership on the unfair impact this will have on our members, as well as the negative impact it will have on the National Airspace System (NAS). The key here is that ALL federal employees are being targeted.
The fact is that, as the debt ceiling discussions have accelerated, all the associations and unions representing federal employees have agreed to address Congress collectively. We recently sent an email to members that we have a current address on asking them to send a message to their federally elected representatives.
If you did not receive the email or have not sent a message yet to your elected representative, please assist the efforts by doing so now at the following link: http://afl.salsalabs.com/o/5893/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=2521.
Your involvement is greatly appreciated!