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4 more years, but not like the last 4, OK?
Thursday - 11/8/2012, 2:00am EST
Although there is no way to assess the impact of the huge federal family vote, the large number of government worker and retiree voters in key states could have tipped the balance in close elections. Federal union leaders hope to make that point with White House advisers who handle federal and postal worker issues.
- William R. Dougan, president of the National
Federation of Federal Employees, said Nov. 6 was a "momentous victory for federal
- J. David Cox Sr., president of the American
Federation of Government Employees, called it a "victory for the nation and for
working class people."
- Colleen M. Kelley, president of the National
Treasury Employees Union, said many individual members and chapters worked hard in
swing states like Virginia, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin to make the victory
- The American Postal Workers Union and National Association of Letter Carriers both supported the President's re- election bid. The lead item on the APWU's member homepage yesterday was more practical than political. It reminded postal employees that they will be getting a modest contractual pay raise later this month. That's a rare bit of good news for the rapidly shrinking USPS workforce, where workers in many crafts are being lured into early retirement with buyout offers.
An early acid test for federal unions will be how firmly the White House backs their demand that the 2013 raise, which may or may not kick in April, be made retroactive to January 2013. At 0.5 percent, that wouldn't buy much, but coming in a lump sum — especially after health premiums have jumped up — it would be considerably better than another year without a pay raise.
Medicare and the FEHBP
Should federal and postal retirees with FEHBP plans buy Medicare Part B? The short answer is yes, and no. It depends! On yesterday's Your Turn radio show, David Snell of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees tackled that oft-asked question of how much health insurance do you need? To listen to the show, click here.
NEARLY USELESS FACTOID
By Jack Moore
In his first incarnation in a 1942 short, Looney Tunes character Tweety was actually pink. He was also named Orson.
(Source: Mental Floss)
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