8/14/17 Meeting Notes

The following are notes from the union meeting on 8/14/17.

  • 2 Arbitration cases are pending dates (Light Duty Cases)
  • Termination case date has been set for February 12-16, 2018
  • $150 for veteran’s retreat was voted and approved
  • The local1612 website has been rebuilt and updated
  • Nursing and CNA positions have been approved to be filled and have been announced on USAJobs.

Full meeting minutes can be requested for viewing at union meetings or an arrange time with an E-board member.

Speak UP – Our Benefits Under Attack

There have been several employees that have given up a high paying job to work in an environment that most do not want to ever see.  Those that choose to work at a prison give up a certain freedom that is difficult to explain.  As years go by, those individuals form a certain paranoia and skepticism that is unique for most prison employees.  It is hard to exactly explain this metamorphosis, but those who work behind the walls and fences understand.

We are Law Enforcement Officers, even though most consider us the step child of law enforcement.  We give up our freedom for a promise of a better future and job stability.  Unfortunately, those ideals are under attack from our government.

We were promised benefits and our future was created around those promises.  It is time not to sit back and watch what might become of our benefits.  It is time to stand up and speak up!

Call or write your representatives State Senators and Representatives Contact Information.  Ask your representative – If the 2018 Federal Budget proposes any cuts to the Senators or House Representative’s benefits? (Most will tell you they have no idea)  Express to them you have planned your future around what had been promised and you have made sacrifices to obtain those promises.  Tell them to vote “NO” to cut federal employee benefits.

Federal Budget 2018 Proposals for Federal Employees

This week the House Budget Committee will vote on proposed changes to federal employees’ benefits.  Below is four changes proposed by the 2018 Federal Budget.  I have attached links for articles about the proposals below.

As law enforcement officers, we are required to retire by our 57th birthday.  These proposals go back on what we were promised when we were hired by the federal government.  It is important to voice our concerns to our representatives about these budgets proposals to break their promise to each of us.  Please call your representative by calling (844) 669-5146 or visit our State Senators and Representatives Contact Information page for representative information.

 

The budget proposes four changes:

  • An increase in employee contributions by 1 percent each year for the next six years,
  • An elimination of the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for current and future Federal Employee Retirement System (FERS) participants and cutting the COLA by 0.5 percent for Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) participants of what the typical formula currently allows,
  • basing future retirement benefits on the average of an employee’s highest five years of salary. Currently, retirement benefits are based on an employee’s length of service, salary and highest three-year average salary, and,
  • Eliminate supplemental payments to employees who retire before age 62.