It’s time to hit the phones.
Budget talks for Fiscal Year 2018 are happening on Capitol Hill and they began with the White House calling for inexcusable hits to federal employees’ retirement benefits and to cuts to the Postal Service, including:
- Increased pension contributions for all federal employees (1 percent a year for six years— $3,600 pay cut for letter carriers).
- Eliminating COLAs for current and future annuitants under FERS and reducing COLAs for those under CSRS.
- Reductions in pension benefits by basing annuities on high-5 instead of high-3.
- $46 billion in cuts to the Postal Service (through service and delivery cuts).
This is just the tip of the iceberg of unacceptable proposals laid out by the White House in its budget request. NALC opposes such attacks on earned benefits, attacks that serve only to hurt working-class families.
Call your House and Senate representatives and let them know that we oppose such measures—and that they should, too. Tell them that we have given enough—that they need to keep federal and postal employee retirement benefits off-limits and to reject service and delivery cuts at the Postal Service.
Call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 to tell your House representative and both of your senators to oppose such measures.