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Largest Federal Employee Union Leader Rejects Budget Deal Targeting Federal Pensions

AFGE rejects notion that there should be trade-off between federal programs and federal employees WASHINGTON – American Federation of Government Employees National President J. David Cox Sr.
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AFGE Teletown Hall on Pension Hikes and Budget Talks

There's less than 5 days left until the Budget Conference Committee makes its recommendation to Congress. There's already a proposal on the table to increase your pension contributions by 1.2%. That's why we're holding an emergency nation-wide AFGE teletown hall this Monday, December 9th.
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Budget ax may fall on fed pensions

From TheHill.com Federal workers look like they could be the big losers if House and Senate budget conferees reach a deal. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) are working behind closed doors to reach a deal that would replace some of the automatic spending cuts known as the sequester with other reductions.
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24 Hours To Get Off the Chopping Block

IMPORTANT: This information should not be downloaded using government equipment, read during duty time, or sent to others using government equipment, because it suggests action to be taken in support of and/or against legislation. Do not list your government email or government address in filling out this message, and do not use a government provided phone for this action.
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4 Days to Help Save your Job and Benefits

We only have four days to do it. Urge your lawmakers to sign onto Representative Stephen Lynch (MA-8) “Dear Colleague” letter to the Budget Conference Committee to leave federal workers’ pay and benefits out of the FY 2014 budget talks.   The deadline for signing onto Rep. Lynch’s letter is Close of Business this Friday, November 8th.
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FACT SHEET: CONTRACTING-OUT IT AT THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES, AFL-CIO AUGUST 2014 SUMMARY The Department of Labor is integrating the information technology (IT) infrastructure of two sub-agencies - its Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) and Employment Training Administration (ETA) - into the agency’s Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO).
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Letter from NCFLL President Denny DeMay on IT Consolidation
I am writing to you today to ask for your help.  As you may already know the Department is involved with IT consolidation.  This process began back in 2011.  Up to this point the IT work being consolidated was all performed by federal contractors.
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DOL Ignores Law

Hires Contractors to perform IT work at multiple agencies

The Department of Labor is contracting out information technology (IT) functions performed by federal employees in the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) and Employment Training Administration (ETA). It is the NCFLL's understanding that this contract will eventually result in the privatization of IT functions in the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and Employee Benefit Security Administration (EBSA).

DOL has acknowledged in writing that it is privatizing work performed by its own employees, in direct contradiction to the law. OMB Circular A-11, which provides guidance for implementation of the law states:

“Pursuant to 41 U.S.C. 1710 and 10 U.S.C. 2461, agencies are precluded from converting, in whole or in part, functions performed by federal employees to contract performance absent a public-private competition (a practice known as “direct conversion”). The conversion of work from in-house to private sector performance may only occur through public-private competition. Appropriations acts since 2009, however, have prohibited agencies from using funds to “begin or announce a study or public-private competition regarding the conversion to contractor performance of any function performed by Federal employees pursuant to Office of Management and Budget Circular A-76 or any other administrative regulation, directive, or policy.”

In other words, work designated for performance by federal employees cannot be converted to contractor performance without first conducting a cost comparison process that is consistent with the law.

NCFLL-AFGE members are proud to work for DOL, and we believe our agency is vital to our nation's workers. We must stop this illegal privatization, write to your elected representative urging them to tell Secretary Perez to reverse this illegal privatization.

Click here to download a sample letter to your representative.

View letter from AFGE President Cox to DOL Secretary Perez

View letter from AFGE President Cox to OMB Deputy Director for Management Beth Cobert

Stop the Sequestration

National Council of Field Labor Locals, NCFLL
The Executive Board of the National Council of Field Labor Locals (NCFLL) is composed of eleven national officers. The Executive Board negotiates and enforces the national Agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL). The Executive Board also meets regularly with USDOL management to consult on issues relevant to administration of the Agreement and to conduct mid-term bargaining.
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PRESIDENT GAGE RESPONDS TO PRESIDENT'S PROPOSAL ON DEFICIT REDUCTION

WASHINGTON – The American Federation of Government Employees National President John Gage today issued the following response to President Obama’s proposed plan for shared prosperity and shared fiscal responsibility:

“AFGE supports a comprehensive economic strategy for the country that stimulates job growth, strengthens the middle class, reinforces entitlement programs for future generations and requires everyone, including the wealthy and corporations, to pay their fair share.”

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The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) is the largest federal employee union, representing 625,000 workers in the federal government and the government of the District of Columbia.


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