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Stone and Hamilton Visit Capitol Hill

Lee Stone, Western Federal Area VP/IFPTE Local 30 President, and George Hamilton, NASA Council President/IFPTE Local 27 President, were on Capitol Hill visiting with Congressional staff about the Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17) NASA budget.

Stone and Hamilton urged Congressional appropriators to provide a balanced and realistic approach to NASA’s funding. Among the funding priorities discussed were adequate investments in Science, Aeronautics, Space Technology, Exploration, Space Operations, and Education, just to name a few. As NASA’s largest civil servant union, representing workers at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC; NASA Goddard in Greenbelt, MD; NASA Glenn in Cleveland, OH; NASA Marshall in Huntsville, AL; and NASA Ames in Moffett Field, CA, IFPTE reminded Hill staff that without a robust investment in NASA, America will quickly fall behind China, Russia and others in space exploration.

IFPTE’s List of FY17 NASA Funding Priorities

Stone and Hamilton, who were joined by IFPTE legislative staff, also raised issues pertaining to lagging federal compensation, proposed cuts to TVA employee pensions, and cuts to employee travel per diems and lodging for DoD workers. Specific to NASA, Stone and Hamilton raised issues regarding the looming consolidation of procurement and human resources (HR) at the NASA Shared Services Center (NSSC) at Stennis Space Center, Mississippi.

In addition, at the Labor-Management Forum held at NASA HQ on Wednesday, the Labor topic discussed this month was gender pay equity issues at NASA.