Mike Causey suggests that Donald Trump’s attacks on federal employees’ pay and benefits may galvanize employee organizations into taking united action:
The good news about the retirement plan bad news is that it has given federal unions, management groups, retiree organizations and others their biggest issue — and reason to work together — in decades. Assaulting the retirement plan, breaking promises as workers and retirees see it, is the perfect banner to rally around. The 30-member Federal-Postal Coalition says active and retired federal and postal workers could lose $139 million in take-home pay (because of higher retirement plan contributions) and reduced or frozen annuities if the diet-and-zero-COLA plans become law.
They’ve also gotten a written pledge from over 100 House members to block the proposed cuts. The House fight is being led by House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), who have led successful federal pay raise efforts over the objections of Presidents Clinton and Bush. They’ve been joined by Rep. Gerald Connolly (D-Va.) and Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), the newest member of the Beltway band representing 14 percent of the nation’s federal employees.