EXTREMELY URGENT --- Please call your rep especially these Republicans sitting on the House Armed Services Committee which will consider this TODAY!
Posted On: May 09, 2018
EXTREMELY URGENT --- Please call your rep especially these Republicans sitting on the House Armed Services Committee which will consider this TODAY! Hunter(CA), Jones (NC), LoBiondo (NJ), Bishop (UT), Cook (CA), Stefanik (NY), Wittman (VA), Rogers (AL), Shuster (PA), Scott (GA), Knight (CA), Russell (OK). Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is FAST TRACKING several damaging proposals aimed at cutting and eliminating Federal Employee Retirement System (FERS) and Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) pension benefits. These egregious proposals include the following: 1. Increase FERS federal employee pension contributions to 7.25% – To pay for other congressional priorities, Congress has already established a four-tiered pension – CSRS and three different FERS systems, calling for newly hired federal workers in 2013 and 2014 to pay more of their pay (3.1% and 4.4%, respectively) into the FERS retirement system with no corresponding benefit increase. Unfortunately, the OPM proposal calls for all FERS participants to now pay 7.25% into the pension, without any corresponding pension increase. This represents a significant pay cut for federal employees. We urge you to reject this proposal. 2. Replace the high-three with the high-five – This would significantly cut the retirement annuity of federal employees. We urge you to reject this proposal. 3. Eliminate and reduce the federal retiree COLA – This would eliminate the COLA for FERS participants and cut the COLA for CSRS participants, preventing federal retiree pensions to keep pace with inflation. We urge you to reject this proposal. 4. Eliminate the FERS annuity supplement – This proposal and will take away the possibility for many federal workers to retire before the age of 62, and frustrate the ability of federal government to better manage the workforce through attrition. Worse, it needlessly harms firefighters, law enforcement officers, and others who must retire before age 62. We urge you to reject this proposal. Lastly, it is important to point out that since 2011 our nation’s federal employees have sacrificed nearly $200 billion for our nation, mostly through years of pay freezes and pension cuts that went towards deficit reduction. These financial sacrifices forced upon federal employees and their families went to offset the 2012 extensions of the payroll tax cut and Unemployment Insurance (UI), as well as to help pay the government’s debts to avoid sequestration through FY15. Government employees have also tolerated furlough days and job insecurity due to government shutdowns, threats of additional shutdowns, and continuing sequestration. These OPM proposals add insult to great financial injury, and will devastate federal employees and families. In addition, these proposals will add to the recruitment and retention problems agencies face already. We urge your committee to reject these proposals.
Federal Firefighters, San Diego IAFF Local F-33
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