As of today, we have made a total of 39,182 patch through calls to the Hill on the budget. That is an increase 9,748 calls in one week! Great job! We are now only about 20,000 to our goal of 60,000 calls. We can reach this goal and we need to do it this week.
The Senate passed their budget last week. As some of you may already know the House and Senate GOP leadership may elect to skip the budget conference and just bring the Senate budget to the floor. So this may be our last week to influence the final budget. Please do all you can to generate more calls and let’s hit our goal to protect our members’ pay, retirement, and healthcare.
This week we should be focused on the House of Representatives. When speaking with congressional staff, the ask is to not accept any final budget that cuts federal employee compensation. Again, we want people to call both the DC and District lines and be transferred to their Representative.
- D.C. Budget Patch through line: 1-844-669-5146
- District Budget Patch through line: 1-888-775-3148
The GOP Senate FY 2018 Budget passed. No additional amendments to cut federal employee pay, benefits or rights received votes after the two Paul amendments were defeated. Close to 500 amendments were offered. We will continue or lobbying efforts to have the House recede to the Senate language in conference, and continue to lobby the House leadership to remove the reconciliation instructions to the Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
It’s real and it’s happening now (and quickly). We need your action now:
The Press of Atlantic City published a commentary piece in the Opinion section yesterday from our local Congressman.
Congress released the updated “21st Century Aviation Innovation, Reform, and Reauthorization Act” (AIRR Act). This bill calls for the Privatization of the FAA.
What we need you to do is call (888) 775-3148. After the message, you will be prompted to contact your local representative. Please use this method to reach out (call multiple times to reach multiple representatives!). This allows us to track the action and hold the representative accountable to engaging their constituents.
Attached is a letter template regarding opposition to the proposed budget. Please reach out to your local representative by either mailing or faxing this letter of opposition (after filling it out with your information).
If you choose to call, please use the letter as a script for talking points.
Budget LTE Template
If you are in Congressman LoBiondo’s district, we encourage you to reach out to him (as Chairman of the Aviation Subcommittee) to encourage him to support (possibly co-sponsor) the proposed HR 2800.
For general information about HR 2800: http://larsen.house.gov/press-release/larsen-transportation-democrats-introduce-legislation-reject-trump-plan-privatize-air
See the attached flyer, your action is needed to reach out to your local representative to ensure that your rights are preserved.
Official Time Bill Flyer
AFGE Local 200 recommends a phone call to your local representative with the following general narrative:
Currently, the FAA and its employees oversee the most complex and safest airspace in the world. Privatization will have significant negative impact upon me and my family. Additionally, privatization puts the safety of the national airspace at risk.
Nothing about privatization improves safety. Currently, the FAA provides a safe airspace for a record number of travelers. Privatization turns over control of a complex system to a private entity where safety is only one of many primary concerns. Please do not support this effort to dismantle the FAA and place me, my family, and the flying public at risk.
My personal impacts are…
To find your local representative and their contact information, please use see our contacts page: http://afgelocal200.org/congressional-links/ or you can use the following link: http://www.house.gov/htbin/findrep.
Right now, Congress is working on the most extreme union-busting, pension-stealing bills we’ve seen yet.
These attacks focus on official time, one of our core union rights that AFGE uses to help employees get fair representation in workplace disputes. Anti-government employee lawmakers are trying to rush through bills that limit our union rights and silence our voice in the workplace.
Here’s what you need to know about H.R. 1364, the Government-wide Anti-Union Representation Bill:
- It eliminates the use of official time by making it far too difficult for managers and federal employees to successfully work together to address mission-related challenges
- It revokes our union’s ability to stand up for workers who have been wrongfully fired, disciplined, harassed or intimidated
- It steals the pension of any worker who exceeds a limited amount of time spent representing employees who have been disciplined, harassed, or intimidated
Disgusting, right? Wait until you hear about H.R. 1259, the VA Anti-Union Representation Bill:
- This bill specifically targets Title 5 and Title 38 rights at the VA, and takes away all grievance rights for workers facing a removal, demotion or suspension
- It gives agency officials the power to take back compensation you’ve already earned
- The bill gives management the upper-hand by radically shortening the time unfairly fired VA workers can prepare their case
- It limits the time unfairly fired workers can appeal to the MSPB to just 7 days
Here’s what we need you to do right now: Call the union rights hotline 1-855-976-5397 to connect with your lawmaker.
When the Representative’s office answers, tell them this:
“Hello, my name is _____, and I’m a member of the American Federation of Government Employees from [City, State] . Please tell the Representative to vote NO on H.R. 1364, and to vote NO on H.R. 1259. These bills do nothing to improve government. They simply attack my rights at work and my ability to provide for my family. Thank you.”
We must all work together to stop union busting dead in its tracks. Thank you for all that you do.
P.S. Legislation like this moves fast – are you signed up for our text messages so you can be ready? Text “AFGE” to 225568 from your personal phone (never your government phone) and answer the three questions to subscribe!
In the next few weeks or months we could see some of these initiatives become alive again. It is important to be aware of the details in order to give the good fight! We need your involvement. Call your senators and representatives. As always, never download this items using your goverment issued computer.
Check our Library. We have studies on privatization.