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AFGE sees ranks swell after turbulent year

After a turbulent 2013 that saw sequestration budget cuts and a two-week government shutdown, the largest federal-employee union is hoping to flex more political muscle this year. The American Federation of Government Employees says union membership is at its highest level in decades.

Tags: AFGE , workforce , Jack Moore , pay and benefits

Friday - 02/07/2014, 03:36pm EST

Pay gap between federal employees, private-sector workers continues to grow

The gap in pay between federal employees and private-sector workers widened slightly this year, according to data presented at the annual meeting of the Federal Salary Council. On average, federal employees earn 35.37 percent less than their private-sector counterpart, according to data from the Office of Personnel Management and the Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Tags: pay , pay and benefits , pay gap , Federal Salary Council , Colleen Kelley , AFGE , NTEU , Jack Moore

Tuesday - 12/17/2013, 02:38pm EST

AFGE, NTEU try to stave off changes to retirement benefits

The two employee unions say lawmakers shouldn't make up for sequestration cuts by forcing federal employees to contribute more to their retirement. House and Senate legislators are working on a small-scale budget deal that reportedly includes a provision to alter federal retirement benefits.

Tags: workforce , pay and benefits , retirement , Colleen Kelley , NTEU , AFGE , Steny Hoyer , Congress , Paul Ryan , Patty Murray , Gerry Connolly , Frank Wolf , Jim Moran , budget , Jason Miller

Friday - 12/06/2013, 04:07am EST

OFPP's proposed increase in contractor salary cap upsets all

The Office of Federal Procurement Policy issued a memo to agencies setting the new benchmark for reimbursable costs at $952,308, up from $763,029 in 2011 for certain contractor employee salaries. The contractor cap has increased 55 percent over the last four years. OFPP blames Congress for not acting to change the formula for calculating the annual increases.

Tags: contracting , industry , OFPP , contractor compensation cap , Joe Jordan , Stan Soloway , PSC , AFGE , Congress , Jason Miller

Thursday - 12/05/2013, 04:27am EST

House fails to pass bills to reopen parts of government

Lower chamber legislators could not get two-thirds approval for one bill to fund the National Park Service, and another bill to get the Veterans Affairs Department fiscal 2014 money. AFGE, NTEU and Democrat lawmakers rallied on Capitol Hill Tuesday to turn up the heat on Congress to reopen the government.

Tags: management , government shutdown , workforce , Steny Hoyer , Congress , Dutch Ruppersberger , AFGE , NTEU , Colleen Kelley , John Delaney , IRS , National Park Service , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 10/02/2013, 05:32am EDT
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DoD to managers: Don't use military, contractors to offset civilian furloughs

A new memo from the Defense Department tells field commanders and managers not to shift workloads onto military personnel or contractors, and not to require civilians to work longer hours to make up for productivity losses during mandatory furlough days.

Tags: DoD , workforce , Frederick Vollrath , sequestration , furloughs , contractors , AFGE ,

Monday - 07/01/2013, 05:53pm EDT

BRAC-like commission proposed to hunt down government cost savings

A new commission, proposed by David Walker, former U.S. comptroller general, would recommend ways to streamline government by removing duplication and extraneous spending from government agencies. Federal-employee unions criticized the proposal and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee lawmakers expressed skepticism that such a proposal could gain congressional approval.

Tags: management , budget , oversight , Congress , best practices , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , John Mica , Carolyn Maloney , David Walker , Stephen Goldsmith , Elaine Kamarck , Government Transformation Initiative , AFGE , Reinventing Government

Tuesday - 06/18/2013, 06:47pm EDT
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Furloughs, sequestration, and five day delivery

AFGE's J. David Cox, and Federal Times Senior Writer Sean Reilly will talk about the impact of sequestration and the possiblity that federal workers will be furloughed.
March 27, 2013

Tags: pay and benefits , AFGE , DoD , sequestration , furloughs , Federal Times , Sean Reilly , budget battle , continuing resolution , Saturday delivery , USPS , Mike Causey , Your Turn

Wednesday - 03/27/2013, 06:52pm EDT
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Agencies suffering reductions in services even before furloughs occur

Employees at TSA, CBP and Bureau of Prisons will no longer be able to work overtime. SSA offers its employees a new round of early retirements to deal with budget shortfalls. AFGE continues to press Congress, White House to stop sequestration.

Tags: workforce , sequestration , management , CBP , TSA , SSA , AFGE , Bureau of Prisons , Stacy Bodtmann , Shawn Moran , Steve Kofahl , Dale Deshotel , budget , Jason Miller

Thursday - 03/14/2013, 05:26am EDT
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Highlights from AFGE's Legislative and Grassroots Mobilization Conference - February 15, 2013

This week on AFGE's "Inside Government" attendees of the union's annual Legislative and Grassroots Mobilization Conference gather to address legislative priorities. Featured guests include Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, D- Hawaii, A. Philip Randolph Institute President Clayola Brown, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) President Lee Saunders, and Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe. Also, tune in for a special report from Capitol Hill at AFGE's joint rally for jobs with AFSCME featuring AFGE National President J. David Cox Sr., Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., and more.

Tags: Inside Government , workforce , AFGE , Colleen Hanabusa , Clayola Brown , Lee Saunders , Terry McAuliffe , Chris Van Hollen , Carolyn Federoff , Geddes Scott

Wednesday - 02/13/2013, 05:52pm EST
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