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Ryan Budget: Same Stuff, Different Year (Yawn)

Ryan Budget: Same Stuff, Different Year (Yawn)

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) released the Republican budget plan today that can be described best by the famous quote from baseball philosopher Yogi Berra, “Déjà vu all over again.” Yep, it’s the same old tired—uh, we’ll call it stuff—Ryan and the Republicans have been trying to peddle for years.

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‘I am AFGE’: The Real Picture of Federal Employees

It’s time to take a closer look at the hardworking men and women who are the dedicated public servants caring for our veterans, defending our border and keeping our food safe to eat. It’s time to shatter the stereotypes that years of demonization by some politicians and anti-government extremists have foisted on the public about federal employees. A new campaign from AFGE is doing just that.

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Black History Month Reflections: AFGE Officer Thrilled by Obama's New Initiative for Young Men of Color

Yvette Martin-Gross, photo courtesy of AFGE

Yvette Martin-Gross, an AFGE officer and National Women's Advisory Coordinator for the 14th District (Washington, D.C., metro area), has always been interested in women's upward mobility in the workplace. 

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What We’re Reading Today: Tuesday News Roundup

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Here are some headlines from the working families news we're reading today (after the jump).

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Obama Will Use Executive Order to Boost Federal Contract Workers Pay to $10.10

Obama Will Use Executive Order to Boost Federal Contract Workers Pay to $10.10

President Barack Obama announced today that he will issue an executive order requiring that federal contractors pay workers at least $10.10 an hour. But the raises will not come immediately for the several hundred thousand food service, cleaning and other workers employed by federal contractors around the nation. The new $10.10 wage will be required for all new or renewed federal contracts.

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AFGE Tells Budget Committee to Stop Targeting Government Employees

AFGE Tells Budget Committee to Stop Targeting Government Employees

In the current budget negotiations, federal government workers are once again being targeted as a way for extreme Republicans to try to "solve" a budget deficit "crisis" that isn't a crisis. Government employees didn't cause the budget deficit and they've given more than just about anyone in previous attempts to reduce the deficit, with three years of pay freezes, a lost week of pay during the government shutdown and increased pension payments for new employees. Now the congressional Budget Conference Committee is considering increasing pension payments for all government employees. In response, the AFGE says, "Enough is enough!"

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Shutdown Shut Down

Shutdown Shut Down

After 16 days of a government shutdown that kept vital services behind locked doors for the public, paychecks out of the pockets of hundreds of thousands of federal workers and pushed the economy to the brink of disaster, the Republican government shutdown ended last night when the Senate (81–18) and House (285–144) passed, and President Barack Obama signed, a bill to fund and reopen the government and raise the nation’s debt ceiling.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said:

While it is good news that we have avoided a crisis, we all know that it should never have happened.  No party or faction inside a party should hold our economy hostage to extract political gains.  

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Working Families Demand End to Republican Shutdown

Lawrence Javier said he had a simple message he wanted to deliver to Rep. Joe Heck (R-Nev.) as he marched outside the lawmaker’s Las Vegas office Tuesday.

The member of Heat and Frost Insulators Local 135, who was laid off six months ago and called back to work on construction of the McCarran Airport tower for two days before the shutdown halted the project, told Las Vegas Review Journal:

I want to go back to work. It’s very simple. Without work, without money, I can’t feed my kids. It’s a simple message.

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Working Families and Progressive Members of Congress Rally Against the GOP Shutdown

Tefere Gebre outside the Capitol.

Not even a freezing rain could stop working families and progressive members of Congress from rallying yesterday against the irresponsible House Republican shutdown of the country. Hundreds rallied at the U.S. Capitol, calling on Speaker John Boehner to allow a vote on legislation to open the government and raise the debt ceiling so government workers can resume doing their jobs and serve the American people.

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Bill Would Provide Retroactive Pay to Fed Workers Caught in House Republican Shutdown

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Bipartisan legislation to provide retroactive pay for the more than 800,000 federal workers furloughed because of the irresponsible House Republican government shutdown was introduced Tuesday in the House and Senate. Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.), chief sponsor of the House bill (H.R. 3223), said:

Nearly a million federal workers could lose their pay because Congress failed to do its job and keep the government up and running....Our civil servants have weathered furloughs, frozen pay and diminished benefits. Now they may go without their pay altogether because of this reckless Tea Party-led government shutdown.

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