From NARFE Legislative Dept
by Ron Buffaloe
NC Federation President
TO ALL NARFE MEMBERS IN NORTH CAROLINA FEDERATION
I am following-up on the urgent message all NARFE members received last week – I’ve copied it below for your convenience. The House and Senate are currently negotiating the FY16 budget agreement. The House and Senate budgets both unfairly targeted federal employees and retirees. NARFE Headquarters has asked us to take action NOW to prevent these cuts from being included in the compromise budget. I hope you have taken action and called our Senators and your Congressman.
You know that I would not follow-up and ask you to take action if it were not important. These proposals will hit all NARFE members – active federal employees and current retirees. For more details on the cuts, you can visit NARFE’s website.
Please take a few minutes and call our Senators and your Representative. You can call Capitol Hill by dialing 1-866-220-0044. If you use this number, NARFE will know how many people called to tell members of Congress “not to support any FY16 budget agreement that penalizes hard-working federal employees or threatens the retirement security of federal retirees.”
After you’ve made your calls – ask your friends and families to do the same. And then report your conversation to our legislative department at headquarters (you can e-mail them at email@example.com. They keep a running record of our grassroots activities).
If we’re going to stop these proposals from becoming law, it starts with us making phone calls now. This is the first step.
April 10, 2015
Message From NARFE President Richard G. Thissen
“Next week, the House and Senate will vote on a joint budget agreement that likely will ask for $318 billion in pay and benefit cuts from federal employees and retirees. I am asking every NARFE member, as well as every federal employee or retiree and every concerned citizen who cares about the effectiveness of our government, to call their members of Congress and tell them to vote ‘NO’ on the agreement. More information is below. Make the call now!”
Call Your Legislators and Tell Them to Vote No on the Budget
NARFE is asking all members to call their senators and representative to tell them to vote “No” on any joint budget resolution that includes cuts to federal employees’ and retirees’ pay and benefits. Click here for instructions on how to call in and what to say. NARFE’s toll-free number, 1-866-220-0044, is available for members to use. We expect a vote as early as WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15.
The House and Senate passed budget resolutions in March that cut billions of dollars worth of pay and benefits from federal employees and retirees. The House budget proposed $318 billion in “savings” by raising the cost of health insurance for all FEHBP participants, eliminating federal jobs, increasing retirement contributions for current employees and, perhaps most shocking, changing the rate of return on the Thrift Savings Plan G Fund. The Senate budget, while less specific in how it would cut costs, still asks the federal community for $170 billion toward deficit reduction.
This week, House and Senate budget committee chairmen Rep. Tom Price, R-GA, and Sen. Michael B. Enzi, R-WY, returned early from recess to begin discussions on drafting a joint budget agreement that is all but certain to include the same severe cuts that were included in the House and Senate resolutions. This joint budget resolution must pass both the House and Senate, and we expect a vote as early as WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15.
NOW is the time to take action, by calling and/or writing your senators and representative. NARFE members must tell their members of Congress to oppose any proposed Fiscal Year 2016 budget that would penalize the very employees whose job it is to carry out the laws they pass.
Public Service Recognition Week, May 3-9, 2015
May 3-9 is Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW). Organized by the Public Employees Roundtable (PER), of which NARFE is a member, PSRW is a week set aside to honor military, federal, state, county and local government employees whose hard work has made our government the best in the world. This year’s theme is “Government Works,” which puts a spotlight on the amazing accomplishments of the men and women who dedicate their lives to public service.
More information about PSRW and how to get involved can be found at the PSRW webpage on the NARFE website and at http://publicservicerecognitionweek.org/. NARFE is encouraging its members to spread the word about PSRW and the wonderful things federal employees do for our country by sending a letter to the editor (LTE) to their local newspaper. Sample drafts and letter templates you can personalize can be found here.
Let’s take this opportunity to share with others the good work federal employees do to keep us safe and secure.
Re-employed Annuitants: We Want to Hear From You
Federal News Radio is doing a special report on the federal retirement experience and wants to hear from federal retirees who went back to work as re-employed annuitants or temporary or part-time rehires. If you are interested in speaking to Federal News Radio and sharing your story, you can email the Legislative Department at firstname.lastname@example.org. Federal News Radio also has a retirement survey that you can take. The results of the survey will be discussed on an upcoming segment of “In Depth with Francis Rose.”