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Employee groups renew call to spare benefits

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A group of 25 federal unions, employee groups and management organizations has once again called on lawmakers and the Obama administration to reject sweeping changes to their pay and benefits as part of a debt ceiling deal.

The Federal-Postal Coalition is most concerned about proposals to have employees under the Federal Employees Retirement System cover half the cost of their pension plan, which would effectively mean a 5 percent pay cut.

The July 1 letters — one to House and Senate leaders of both parties, and the other to President Obama — track closely with a previous letter sent to Vice President Biden while he was leading negotiations to raise the debt ceiling. But those talks broke down late last month, and President Obama is likely to start negotiating directly with top congressional leaders. Which is why the coalition is dusting off this letter to reiterate their position — hands off federal pensions.

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  1. Federal Employee Says:
    July 5th, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    President Obama has forgotten that as candidate Obama, federal employees supported him to get him elected.

    On October 20, 2008, candidate Obama wrote to John Gage, Presidenty of the AFL-CIO, where he stated that he supported, “…. collective bargaining rights for all workers and as President, I will review decisions by the Bush Administration that have denied these rights to federal employees and will seek to restore them.” Really? November 2012 will soon be approaching and we will remember.

  2. Andy Krall Says:
    July 6th, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    On the campaign trail Obama said that he wanted to make young people feel that it was “cool” to work for the federal government. I don’t see where a 5% pay cut is all that cool.

  3. analyst0712 Says:
    July 10th, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    Both President Obama AND Republicans promised no tax increases (President for anyone making under 250K and GOP for anybody).

    This would be a 5% payroll tax increase for us middle-class workers making all of them liars. THIS WOULD BE A STUPID AND DISHONEST move on Congress & the Administration’s part.