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Trump’s Plan To ‘Slash Your’ Pay, Health Care & Retirement

Published Monday, November 4, 2019 11:00 am
by AFGE News
Trump’s Plan To ‘Slash Your’ Pay, Health Care & Retirement

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - “Proud to make America work” is not just AFGE’s pretty slogan - it represents who we are as a Union representing generations of Federal Workers who join public service to make a difference in the lives of their fellow Americans.

Whether it’s those moved to service by President John F. Kennedy’s inspiring words: “Ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country” or the First Responders and Heroes who kept our Nation moving forward after the 9/11 terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people on American soil, these men and women answered the call to action and joined the public service to contribute.  

These patriotic Americans do their jobs with pride.

They are our Nation’s Scientists, Researchers, Doctors, Nurses, Correctional Officers, Mechanics, Food Inspectors, Claims Processors, Accountants, First Responders, Transportation Security Officers, Meteorologists and more.  

But sadly, they are also the target of the Trump Administration, which not only seeks to undermine their work - but also their livelihood and families

A leaked White House memo prepared in 2017 outlines Republican President Donald Trump’s plans to politicize the Federal Workforce by slashing pay and paid leave and making it harder for Federal Workers to afford health care and retirement.  

The Trump Administration wants to resurrect the failed pay system previously implemented at the Defense Department, known as NSPS - the National Security Personnel System, which was later repealed by Congress after just three years because it discriminated against Employees who were non-white or worked outside the Pentagon.

NSPS was never a “pay for performance” system, but merely a product of political ideologues aimed at suppressing civilian compensation and eliminating Workplace Rights. 

Now, in a secret memo, the Trump Administration lays out its plan.

Here’s what three bullets of that memo say - exactly

  1. Reform Federal Pay. (Legislation) The Trump Administration should work with Congress to develop legislation overhauling Federal compensation. The new system should prioritize performance over seniority and aim for parity with private-sector pay.  Much of the detail of these reforms was worked out by the Bush Administration in developing the National Security Personnel System at DoD.  The Obama Administration eliminated the NSPS shortly after taking office. 
  2. Reform Federal Benefits. (Legislation) The Trump Administration should work with Congress to develop and enact legislation bringing Federal Benefits in line with private sector standards. These reforms should include: Eliminating the Defined Benefit FERS Pension for new Federal Employees, while increasing TSP Employee match: Requiring current Federal Employees to contribute more to their FERS Pension costs, while giving them the option of switching entirely to the TSP (with the enhanced match); Eliminating the requirement Federal Employees pay 25% of their health care premiums to encourage greater competition on cost that would reduce overall premium costs; and Bringing Federal Paid Leave Benefits in line with private sector standards at large firms.  

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