Tag: furlough

Opinion: Gripping Reality; The GOP (STILL) Hates You

Note:  This Article (provided below and unchanged) was first published March 2, 2013.  We are republishing it in the wake of the Mr. Trump’s controversial election (lost popular vote by three million, associated Russian cyber hacking, conflicts of interest, etc…) and…

Due Process in Federal Service

MSPB Issues Comprehensive Report and Explanation As senior level Employee and Labor Relations Specialists, we can directly attest to the fact federal employees are routinely fired (removed from federal service).  This Merit Systems Protection Board report supports our view.  The MSPB…

GOP Proposing Wide-Scale Pension Cuts

New Wave of Attacks Underway Against Federal Employees Republicans are once again targeting federal employees.  On March 3, 2015, Republican Congressman Bruce Westerman (R-AR) introduced H.R. 1230 attacking federal pensions of all current and future federal employees (those already retired are…

Opinion: CFC Must (still) Die

The Combined Federal Campaign must (still) die. Last year, we published this post and took some heat….at first.  However, we soon received many e-mails agreeing with our position. Well, here we are again, with federal employee pay falling even further behind…

Republican Attack: Round 3

GOP Sharks Coming in for Another Bite After furlough, sequester, pay freezes, shutdown, increased retirement contributions, and other agency budget cuts affecting training, promotions, and awards, it appears Republicans are coming in for round 3 of attacks on federal employees…

Opinion: CFC Must Die

The Combined Federal Campaign must die. Update (1/31/2014):  As reported in the Federal Times, CFC pledges are down sharply at the end of the 2013 campaign.  And, federal employees must kill it.  While this opinion may sound bitter or vengeful, and we…

Furlough Guidance Issued by CBP

The Department of Homeland Security / Customs and Border Protection issued furlough guidance to its employees.  The document provides information in a Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) format.  It is a good starting point for answering employee questions and is applicable…

Opinion: A Long Dark Road for Federal Employees

While federal employees once actually supported the pay freeze on the basis of “doing their part,” such support has deteriorated as the pay freeze appears permanent and additional proposals such as furloughs, pay cuts, overtime cuts, and increased benefits premiums begin to compound and drive federal employee pay down to levels not seen in decades. Federal employees have learned that being a public employee and a Republican are mutually exclusive.

FAQ: Appropriate Arrangements Under Furlough

Question “What are appropriate arrangements bargaining related to furlough?” Answer Appropriate arrangements can be a complicated matter, especially during an unprecedented sequestration furlough in which agencies are receiving very little information and in which most union leaders have no experience.…

The Top Hit’s at The Informed Fed

Below is a table showing the top visits to The Informed Fed for the previous seven day period.  Draw any conclusion you want, but I think reasonable people will agree “it’s the pay stupid!” Topic Views pay 9,862 furlough 9,578…

FAQ: Can Furloughed Federal Employees Get Unemployment

Question “I am being furloughed soon and live in California.  Can I get unemployment compensation?” Answer Possibly.  This is a state by state issue.  For example, in the state of Tennessee, the following guideline applies, In order to file during…

FAQ: How do I Appeal a Furlough?

Question “I heard furloughs can be appealed.  Is this true?” Answer There are two predominant routes of furlough appeal.  MSPB and EEO. Clearly any appeal related to furlough is an uphill battle.  However, one view is that such an appeal may preserve future…

Life After Furlough

While many federal employees are focused on the pending furlough as of today, they need to also keep their eyes on life after furlough- and it is possibly even uglier than the furlough.