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Democratic lawmakers trying to beat back another federal pay freeze

Maryland and Virginia lawmakers say federal employees have been singled out enough and shouldn't endure another year of a pay freeze or other benefit cuts. The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act includes such provisions. Rep. Gerry Connolly said continued pay freezes or reduction in benefits will impact recruiting and retention of employees.

Tags: pay and benefits , Congress , John Boehner , Gerry Connolly , Chris Van Hollen , Ben Cardin , NTEU , Colleen Kelley , John Gage , pay freeze , NARFE , Julie Tagen , Jason Miller

Thursday - 12/15/2011, 05:40am EST
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Group advocates for renewal of payroll tax cut, long-term unemployment aid - December 2nd, 2011 and December 9th, 2011

This week on AFGE's "Inside Government" Campaign for America's Future Co-director Roger Hickey discusses efforts to extend the payroll tax cut and long-term unemployment benefits and the impact on the middle class. Dan Roam, author of "Blah, Blah, Blah: What to do When Words Don't Work," and Hooks Book Events President Perry Pidgeon Hooks also appear from the recent Excellence in Government Conference.

Tags: workforce , Inside Government , Dan Roam , Perry Hooks , Roger Hickey

Wednesday - 11/30/2011, 06:29pm EST
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Union fighting to save DoD civilian workforce jobs - November 18th, 2011 and November 25th, 2011

This week on AFGE's "Inside Government" Defense Conference Chair Don Hale addresses the Defense Department's plans to slash thousands of civilian workforce jobs. AFGE Political Action Committee Director Bob Nicklas and AFL-CIO's Ben Waxman also discuss the labor movement's collective bargaining win on Election Day in Ohio.

Tags: workforce , Inside Government , Don Hale , Ben Waxman , Bob Nicklas ,

Wednesday - 11/16/2011, 07:00pm EST
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Staffing and funding shortages plaguing Federal Bureau of Prisons - November 11th, 2011

This week on AFGE's "Inside Government" Council of Prison Locals President Dale Deshotel details the danger of not properly staffing and funding the Bureau of Prisons. AFGE local presidents John Garvey, Mike Guerrissi and Vernon Steed shed light on workplace concerns at their respective agencies. Also, we report from Occupy Oakland and AFGE's recent rally to support Social Security Administration workers.

Tags: workforce , Inside Government , Vernon Steed , Mike Guerrissi , John Garvey , Dale Deshotel

Thursday - 11/10/2011, 11:52am EST
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Experts say administration proposal puts FEHB on the ropes

The White House wants to carve out the prescription drug piece and give OPM the ability to negotiate prices through a third party. But experts say this change would cost employees more money and be the first step toward dismantling the entire Federal Employee Health Benefit program.

Tags: James Morrison , Jackie Simon , Joseph Antos , pay and benefits , Walt Francis , American Enterprise Institute , FEHB , OPM , supercommittee , prescription drug benefit , Jason Miller , USPS

Thursday - 11/10/2011, 05:20am EST
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SSA, AFGE still at negotiating impasse

Nearly two years of negotiating has led to a stalemate between the Social Security Administration and its largest union, the American Federation of Government Employees. The protracted dispute mars the Obama administration's otherwise productive attempts to collaborate formally with federal unions.

Tags: Social Security Administration , Michael Astrue , IFPTE , Greg Junemann , Witold Skwierczynski , FMA , Jessica Klement , workforce , unions , Labor , management , National Council on Federal Labor Management Relations , Emily Kopp

Tuesday - 11/08/2011, 05:08pm EST
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Supporting public workers and the middle class - November 4th, 2011

This week on AFGE's "Inside Government" California Labor Federation Executive Secretary-Treasurer Art Pulaski expresses support for public sector workers and discusses the danger of cutting public services and squeezing the middle class. AFGE Social Security Administration Council 220 National Health and Safety Representative Howard Egerman sheds light on his efforts to ensure safety in the federal workplace.

Tags: workforce , Art Pulaski , Howard Egerman

Wednesday - 11/02/2011, 04:25pm EDT
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House committee to consider across-the-board cuts for feds

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will vote on legislation to cut the federal workforce by 10 percent. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.), proposes replacing only one of every three employees that leave. The committee also will mark up several other bills including the civilian property disposal act and a data transparency act.

Tags: workforce , Mick Mulvaney , Beth Moten , Emily Kopp , pay and benefits

Wednesday - 11/02/2011, 03:25pm EDT

OMB employees take a vote on unionization

Office of Management and Budget employees are voting today and Nov. 1 on whether or not they want to be represented by the American Federal of Government Employees union.

Tags: OMB , Tim Kauffman , union , workforce , pay and benefits , Jolie Lee , Ruben Gomez

Wednesday - 10/26/2011, 05:21pm EDT

The importance of public sector unions - October 21st, 2011 and October 28th, 2011

This week on AFGE's "Inside Government" labor historian Dr. Nelson Lichtenstein discusses the importance of public sector unions and the future of the labor movement. AFGE National Council of Social Security Administration Field Operations Locals President Witold Skwierczynski also appears to address contract negotiations with SSA and a series of upcoming nationwide rallies.

Tags: Nelson Lichtenstein , Witold Skwierczynski , workforce , Inside Government

Wednesday - 10/19/2011, 06:05pm EDT
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