Legislative Alert!

   Legislative Alert: President’s FY19 Budget Proposal — 

Proposals in the President’s proposed FY19 budget underscore the need for the International Federation of Professional and Technical Employees (IFPTE) and the Ames Federal Employees Union (AFEU) to protect your interests by advocating for and against legislation that affect Federal Employees.

Collective Bargaining

  • Loss of union official time: restricts your AFEU representatives from representing you on government time

Salary

  • Civil Service Pay Freeze: eliminates scheduled 3% pay increase for FY19
  • Reduction of in-grade step increases to be replaced by undetermined ‘pay for performance’ proposal
  • Combination and reduction of accrued sick and annual leave days and reduction of paid holiday time; “Use or Lose” for combined leave time
  • Adding a year to ALL within-grade step increases (such that it would take 27 years of within-grade step increases to get from Step 1 to Step 10 — currently it takes 18 years).

Health Care

  • Increase federal employee contributions to the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) from current 25% to 50% with no increase in benefits (i.e., this will DOUBLE your health insurance costs)

Retirement

  • Retirement annuity calculations based on ‘high-5’ instead of current ‘high-3’ salary years: effectively reduces retirement annuity amount by $500-1,000 or more per year.
  • Modification of rules governing G-Fund interest rates: removes favorable interest rates afforded by the collective savings power of millions of civil service employees
  • Elimination of the Cost-of-Living Adjustments (COLA) for employees in FERS; at 3% inflation, your retirement annuity will be worth HALF. Decreases COLA for employees in CSRS by 0.5%
  • Increase employee retirement contributions with no increase in benefits
  • Elimination of FERS Special Retirement Supplement: removes Social Security bridge payments for FERS employees who retire before age 62
  • Proposed study to eliminate FERS defined benefit (retirement annuity) for new employees

What you can do:

  • Stay up-to-date on latest developments by going to the AFEU website: http://www.AFEU.org
  • Participate in visits to your congressional representative to advocate for the fair treatment of Federal Employees
  • Encourage Bargaining Unit Members to join AFEU