Feds to Mobilize on Capitol Hill to Keep Government Open

Federal employees will gather at the Hart Senate Office Building on Feb. 13 to demand that our government stay open and that federal employees do not have their lives and livelihoods used as bargaining chips in another policy controversy.

The 35-day government shutdown over Trump’s wall demand wreaked financial havoc on the 800,000 workers who were either forced to work without pay or locked out of work without pay. It also cost the economy $11 billion, $3 billion of which we will never recover. And it could happen all over again if the administration and Congress can’t come to an agreement by midnight Feb. 15 when the current funding runs out.

“We hope that President Trump will work together with Congress to reach an agreement that funds the government for the long term,” said AFGE President J. David Cox Sr. “Our public servants do important work on behalf of the American people, and they are still reeling from the extreme financial hardship caused by the last shutdown. Neither federal workers nor the American public they serve can afford another shutdown.”

The rally is part of our union’s annual legislative conference in which union members gather in Washington, D.C. to discuss legislative priorities and meet their members of Congress. This year’s theme for the Feb. 10-13 conference is “Stand. Unite. Fight!” Members are encouraged to use the hashtag #OurVoice2019 for your social media posts.

AFGE, which represents 700,000 federal and D.C. government workers, has been working with members of Congress to keep the federal government open, guarantee back pay for workers impacted by the shutdown, and fight for a 2.6% pay increase in 2019 for federal workers who keep the country running.

We are encouraged that members of Congress invited several of our members to the State of the Union address on Feb. 5 to show support for federal employees harmed by the shutdown.

Special VA Author event this Thursday

Greetings,

I wanted to let you know about a very special event AFGE Local 1206 is cosponsoring this Thursday, at 7pm at Time Tested Books (1114 21st Street, Sacramento, CA 95811) Suzanne Gordon will be leading a discussion and Q&A about her new book “Wounds of War: How the VA Delivers Health, Healing and Hope to the Nation’s Veterans.” We hope you join us for this exciting event. You can watch a short video about the book here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xOhpjRqaxLg

 

AFGE Author Event with Suzanne Gordon

What: AFGE Author Event with Suzanne Gordon, author of the new book

        Wounds of War: How the VA Delivers Health, Healing and Hope to the Nation’s Veterans

Where: Time Tested Books (1114 21st Street, Sacramento, CA 95811)

When: Thursday, January 10, 2019; 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Who: The event is free and open to the public.

SEE FLYER HERE

Executive Order for closing Dec 24, 2018

Issued on: December 18, 2018

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1.  All executive departments and agencies of the Federal Government shall be closed and their employees excused from duty on Monday, December 24, 2018, the day before Christmas Day.

Sec. 2.  The heads of executive departments and agencies may determine that certain offices and installations of their organizations, or parts thereof, must remain open and that certain employees must report for duty on December 24, 2018, for reasons of national security, defense, or other public need.

Sec. 3.  December 24, 2018, shall be considered as falling within the scope of Executive Order 11582 of February 11, 1971, and of 5 U.S.C. 5546 and 6103(b) and other similar statutes insofar as they relate to the pay and leave of employees of the United States.

Sec. 4.  The Director of the Office of Personnel Management shall take such actions as may be necessary to implement this order.

Sec. 5General Provisions.  (a)  This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.

(b)  Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:

(i)   the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or the head thereof; or

(ii)  the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.

(c)  This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

DONALD J. TRUMP

THE WHITE HOUSE,
December 18, 2018.

A Quote remembered. Marcus Walker President AFGE L1206

First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a socialist.

Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

RAISE OR NO RAISE Let the powers know your thoughts

IMPORTANT: This information should not be downloaded using government equipment, read during duty time or sent to others using government equipment, because it suggests action to be taken in support or against legislation. Do not use your government email address or government phone in contacting your lawmakers.

Please take 5 minutes to call your representative and both senators at 1-888-907-8362 today to urge them to support the 1.9% pay adjustment for federal workers in FY2019 and oppose any efforts to freeze our pay.

The 1.9% pay adjustment for federal workers is a step forward for working families. It would help us catch up to our private sector counterparts after years of pay freezes and shutdowns. We provide vital services to our communities and our country every day – we cannot afford another pay freeze.

Right now, the Senate has the pay adjustment included as part of its Financial Services Appropriations bill. The House version does not include this. That’s why we must call as soon as possible to make sure both versions include the catch-up pay that we have earned.

Please make sure you call 1-888-907-8362 three times.

The first time you call, please speak with your representative. After you’ve told your representative to support a pay adjustment and oppose a pay freeze, hang up, and call the number two more times to tell your senators the same.

OPM sends out MEMO

MEMORANDUM FOR:  HEADS OF EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES

From: JEFF T.H. PON, DIRECTOR

Subject:

Updated Guidance Relating to Enjoinment of Certain Provisions of Executive Orders 13836, 13837, and 13839

On August 24, 2018, U.S. District Court Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson issued an Order enjoining certain provisions of Executive Orders 13836, 13837, and 13839 (see Order at https://ecf.dcd.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/show_public_doc?2018cv1261-58). Specifically, Judge Jackson’s Order enjoined the President’s subordinates from implementing or giving effect to: Executive Order 13836 §§ 5(a), 5(e), 6; Executive Order 13837 §§ 3(a), 4(a), 4(b); and Executive Order 13839 §§ 3, 4(a), 4(c).  All other provisions of the Executive Orders not enjoined remain in effect.

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) guidance of July 5, 2018, that was circulated pursuant to issuance of Executive Orders 13836, 13837, and 13839 and that relates to provisions of the Orders that were enjoined should be considered rescinded. OPM guidance relating to the still effective provisions remains in place.

OPM will fully comply with Judge Jackson’s Order and encourages other agencies to consult with their offices of human resources and general counsel to determine proper compliance measures based on the Order. OPM will work with the U.S. Department of Justice to evaluate next steps in this litigation and will provide additional guidance to agencies as appropriate.

cc:  Chief Human Capital Officers (CHCOs), Deputy CHCOs, and Human Resources Directors