Labor Issues Pay freeze for federal employees

Published on November 30th, 2010 | by Editor

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Tightening our Belts – Pay Freeze for Federal Employees

On Monday morning, November 29, 2010, President Obama announced a pay freeze for federal employees and called for bipartisan compromise and broad sacrifice “to get our economy going and our deficit down.” After welcoming everybody back from the Thanksgiving break, the President said he was looking forward to a November 30 bipartisan meeting with Congressional leaders, making clear that “it’s time to get back to work.” Before talking about the news of the day, namely his call for cutting the deficit by freezing Federal employee pay, the President spoke a little bit about how concerns about the economy and the deficit relate.

Still according to President Obama “the hard truth is that getting this deficit under control is going to require broad sacrifice. And that sacrifice must be shared by the employees of the federal government.” More

Joseph A. Beaudoin, president of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE), reacted with disappointment to President Obama’s announcement of a two-year pay freeze for civilian federal workers:

“We understand the purpose of shared sacrifice. But federal employees and their families once again are being singled out. This action comes at a time when the federal government can ill afford to put recruitment and retention at risk,” said Beaudoin. “Indeed, freezing or cutting pay sends the wrong signal to the best and brightest workers federal agencies will need in these difficult times.”

“In light of the growing number of critical challenges being shouldered by federal workers, the government cannot afford to make substantial reductions to the earned compensation of individuals who have dedicated their careers to public service. For that reason, we urge the president to reconsider this ill-conceived decision.” More

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