Unions warn Ryan, Murray against cuts

Federal and postal worker unions have warned the leaders of the new budget conference committee not to cut pay and benefits as they search for a budget deal by Dec. 13.
 
“We are unwaveringly opposed to further sacrifices from federal employees to undo the congressionally-created crisis of sequestration. Cutting federal employee pay through increased retirement contributions must not be a topic for further discussion to resolve these crises. The federal community has given its fair share already,” the Federal-Postal Coalition wrote.
 
ADVERTISEMENT
The coalition, which is made up of 31 worker and retiree unions, told House Budget Committee Chairman Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanOn The Money: House GOP struggles to get votes for B in wall funds | Fallout from Oval Office clash | Dems say shutdown would affect 800K workers | House passes 7 billion farm bill GOP struggles to win votes for Trump’s B wall demand House GOP blocks lawmakers from forcing Yemen war votes for rest of year MORE (R-Wis.) and Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayVA senior adviser forced out amid concerns that he was 'getting paid to sit on his couch': report The Year Ahead: Drug pricing efforts to test bipartisanship Overnight Health Care: Manchin pitched Trump on reviving bipartisan ObamaCare fix | 4 in 10 don’t plan to get flu shots | Survey finds more than a quarter have pre-existing conditions MORE (D-Wash.) that they must avoid another shutdown in January by looking elsewhere.
 
“The economic impact of the government shutdown, in conjunction with FY13 sequestration-level funding, upon the nation was significant for citizens, businesses and federal employees alike. Our country’s economic viability stands to further suffer with the continuation of sequestration into FY14,” the coalition letter sent Wednesday states.
 
The $91 billion in sequester cuts should be replaced, the coalition argues, but not by hurting federal workers.
 
“Over the past three years, federal employees have contributed more than $114 billion over 10 years toward deficit reduction. Their sacrifices have included three years of pay freezes and a 2.3 percent increase in retirement contributions for newly-hired federal employees,” it states. “Enough is enough.”
 
The Ryan-Murray conference committee is set to meet again Nov. 13. Appropriators have been pushing the conference to come up with a budget deal by Thanksgiving recess so that a giant omnibus spending bill, with detailed instructions for agencies, can be put in place by the time the current stopgap bill runs out Jan. 15.