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Sep 26, 2018

2019 Federal Employee Pay raise: What are the odds?


Pay raise: What are the odds?


'...There is also the question, which is soon to be answered, of what happens to federal workers and retirees if the House, Senate or both change hands? Would they get a better deal if Democrats controlled Congress, as most unions say? Or, as some critics say, would Democrats take feds for granted? The three-year pay freeze from 2011-2013 came during the Obama administration, which also introduced “sequestration” and triggered furloughs. That sparked 20 percent pay losses for tens of thousands of workers...'


Reference: federalnewsradio.com
Tags:SRS, FERS annuity supplement, 2019 Federal Pay Raise,

Sep 24, 2018

Alabama: Peter Joffrion and U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks tangle over federal worker pay raises


Peter Joffrion and U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks tangle over federal worker pay raises


'...Joffrion says Brooks should be doing more for federal workers. “Now Mo flaps his gums about being for national defense, but he won’t fight for a pay increase for the Redstone workers who have earned it,” Joffrion said. "And I will....'


Reference: whnt.com
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Sep 5, 2018

Other pensions can put Social Security benefits at risk


Other pensions can put Social Security benefits at risk


'...One class of people affected are those who receive a pension from a job in which they haven't paid Social Security FICA taxes, such as public-sector workers like police officers and firefighters. Many federal, state and local employees are enrolled in retirement systems that are not part of Social Security. Federal employees hired before 1984 who stayed under Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) are affected. Federal workers who retired under the newer Federal Employee Retirement System (FERS) are not subject to WEP because they paid Social Security FICA taxes. Some foreign workers are also affected...'


Reference: www.chicagotribune.com
Tags: Windfall Elimination,

Sep 4, 2018

GOP gives millions to the rich, shortchanges federal employees


GOP gives millions to the rich, shortchanges federal employees


'...In a letter to Congress, Trump — who never tires of telling us the economy is the best ever — argues that the freeze is justified by "serious economic conditions affecting the general welfare." Moreover, he would have us believe that we "must maintain efforts to put our Nation on a fiscally sustainable course, and Federal agency budgets cannot sustain such increases." Perhaps if those efforts didn't give him, his children and his cronies enormous tax breaks, there would be enough to pay these people a raise that does not even keep up with inflation...'


Reference: www.reflector.com
Tags: 2019 Federal Pay Raise,

Sep 1, 2018

White House Expected to Keep Postal Task Force Report Secret Until After Midterms


White House Expected to Keep Postal Task Force Report Secret Until After Midterms


'...The findings will not be made public until after the November elections, however, according to three sources made aware of the administration’s thinking. Trump directed the task force to make the recommendations actionable, either through legislation or regulation, the sources said, but is not planning to start implementation until voters elect a new Congress...'


Reference: www.govexec.com
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