Furlough / Sequestration Centeral
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CLICK THE LINK TO READ:Sec Hagel’s statement on the Pay our Military Act
Defense Secretary Hagel’s news release.
Defense workers to be recalled this week!
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has concluded Congress has given authority to pay defense workers and to avert furloughing defense workers during a government shutdown. The Pentagon has decided to recall almost all of the 400,000 furloughed defense workers this week due to a recently passed bill to pay defense workers during a government shutdown.
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Are DoD Furlouhgs an Experiment?
Click the link for Stars and Stripes and read how the furlough could just be a test run for future cuts!www.stripes.com/blogs/stripes-central/stripes-central-1.8040/are-dod-furloughs-an-experiment-1.228799
Want to appeal your furlough? Read how to start the process.
Brothers and Sisters of Local 2004,
Upon receipt of your Decision to Furlough letter if you want to appeal the decision through the Merit Systems Protection Board (M.S.P.B.) you must:
1. Contact one of the designated Union Stewards on your shift.(see below).
You may request time to contact and meet with your steward (see below) during work hours through your supervisor or contact your steward before shift after shift or during breaks and lunch times.
2. Bring your Decision to Furlough letter or a copy of the letter to your meeting to begin the process. Your steward will provide you with information on how to request and obtain time during work for the meeting.
To all the non-dues paying members if you want to be represent in M.S.P.B. please be ready to commit to the Union for a minimum of one-year. Please don’t make an appointment with the Local’s stewards if you have no desire to commit to the Union as a dues paying member.
Contact information to make arrangements to be represented:
Charles Willis, x5973
Robert Stern, x6254
Ryan Engle, x5173
Randy Elliott, x6162,
Valerie Dickerson, x6306
Anthony Kovach, x6306
Howie Waddell x2867
Additional Union Stewards and Union Support will be utilized to represent the constituents of this Local, your rights and interests.
President, AFGE Local 2004
IMPORTANT FURLOUGH NEWS. Fight back by appealing your Furlough.
AFGE National and AFGE local 2004 are diligently working to protect you interests and rights concerning the impending furlough. Due to the AFGE National efforts many Federal organizations have either reduced or completely eliminated the need for furloughs. The proposed adverse action against us is unwarranted and unprecedented. The President and the Congress have not concurred with this course of action. To the contrary, the President has issued a directive to all Executive Departments and Agencies to make furloughs the last resort, however, DLA and the Department of Defense have exceeded their authority in ordering this adverse action and have unfairly exempted other civil service employees and allowed them to remain working for the balance of Fiscal Year 2013 without the loss of pay.
At the local level it is critical to fight back and appeal your proposal. AFGE Local 2004 can file appeals for every single AFGE member as individuals and as a group, in a series of class action appeals. To begin your appeal of this possible illegal and immoral furlough AFGE Local 2004 has set up a committee to assist you in your appeal process. DO NOT DELAY. You only have a limited number of days to respond to your furlough proposal. Contact AFGE Local 2004Charles Willis at 770-2867. NOT A MEMBER Join now.
Services, Defense agencies have enough flexibility to avoid disruptive furloughs .
WASHINGTON – The American Federation of Government Employees is calling on the Department of Defense to do the right thing for its employees and the country by cancelling the planned furlough of civilian workers.
“We are encouraged to hear that Pentagon leaders may be rethinking their foolish and reckless policy to furlough nearly every civilian employee for 14 days,” AFGE National President J. David Cox Sr. said.
“Many of the services and Defense agencies say they can reduce or eliminate the number of furlough days for their workers, and they should be allowed to exercise this flexibility,” Cox said. “Forcing all employees off the job without pay for the same number of days out of some misguided notion of fairness is damaging to employees and undermines mission.”
Defense initially proposed furloughing more than 700,000 civilian employees for 22 days due to budget cuts required under sequestration. In March, it announced that it would reduce the number of days employees would be forced off the job without pay to 14 days. The Associated Press reported yesterday that the Pentagon is considering further cutting furloughs to 7 days.
AFGE has already demonstrated to the department that furloughing any employee for any length of time is unnecessary and would disrupt the military mission that civilian employees help carry out each and every day.
“This game that DoD is playing with the lives and livelihood of civilian employees is a travesty,” AFGE Defense Conference Chairman Don Hale said. “The morale of our workforce has never been lower. Morale is lower than it was during the A-76 outsourcing competitions and when DoD tried to replace existing pay and performance management policies with the National Security Personnel System.
“Employees feel as though they have no control over their future. Hell, they can’t even plan their work schedules for the next few months because of the unknown that DoD has created,” Hale said. “DoD has continuously said that they want to minimize the adverse impact that furloughs have on civilian employees, but what they are doing is having the opposite effect.”
“AFGE has already demonstrated to the department that furloughs are absolutely unnecessary. The department’s leaders have always had the flexibility to impose budget cuts from sequestration in any way they chose. Although reducing the number of furlough days from 22 to 14 shows that they’re listening, they still haven’t gotten the whole message,” AFGE National President J. David Cox Sr. said.
“They claim that the military mission is their number one priority, yet they continue to undermine that mission by forcing employees who actually support the warfighter to stay off the job for two full weeks. Meanwhile, the department’s vast shadow workforce of service contractors continues to rack up huge profits at the expense of working class civilian employees.”
Under the continuing resolution that President Obama signed into law on Tuesday, Congress shifted more than $10 billion in DoD’s fiscal 2013 appropriation to operations and maintenance accounts. This additional money put an exclamation mark on AFGE’s contention that furloughs are an unnecessary attack on a workforce that has already made an enormous contribution to deficit reduction through three years of frozen pay and higher retirement contributions.
“DoD claimed that furloughing civilian workers for 22 days would save $5 billion. After receiving an additional $10 billion in appropriations, it doesn’t take a math whiz to realize that there is no budgetary rationale for furloughing employees for even a single hour,” Cox said. “Reportedly, some of the services wanted to eliminate the furloughs entirely but the Pentagon ordered that every employee be subjected to the same 14-day furlough, out of some misguided notion of ensuring uniformity across the department. This makes no sense, since there is no uniformity at all across the government in how departments and agencies deal with the sequestration cuts.”
Even though the number of furlough days has been reduced from 22 days to 14, the timeframe in which these unpaid days off will occur has been truncated from six months to four months. This means federal employees subjected to the furlough still will see a 20% pay cut, only now the cut will occur between June and September.
“All they’ve done is kick the can down the road, forcing employees to take the same pay cut in a shorter period of time,” said Don Hale, chairman of AFGE’s Defense Conference (DEFCON), which represents civilian employees throughout the Defense Department.
Instead of forcing these painful pay cuts on hardworking civilian employees, AFGE has called on DoD to review the massive amount of taxpayer dollars it spends on service contracts. Service contractor costs have ballooned from $72 billion to more than $200 billion a year in the past decade, yet there has been little indication that the Pentagon has engaged in any serious review of these contracts to determine where savings can be made.
“I appreciate that the Pentagon has taken at least partial heed to our message that furloughing civilian employees is damaging both to employees and the mission of the department. But they keep missing the rest of the story. The contractor workforce is larger and more costly than DoD’s civilian workforce, yet we’ve seen no evidence that the Pentagon is even considering revising or cutting its contracts to save money,” Cox said. “Revising these costly contracts should be the first place the Pentagon looks for savings, instead of slashing salaries for 700,000 civilian employees whose dedication to the mission of supporting and protecting warfighters and their families is exemplary.”The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) is the largest federal employee union, representing 670,000 workers in the federal government and the government of the District of Columbia. For the latest AFGE news and information, go to AFGElocal2004.org.
AFGE President talking about Sequestration on CNN
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