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Tell Your Representative: “The Pay Freeze Must End Now!”
From our friends at AFGE:
House leaders have begun the New Year by once again attacking your pay. They’ve scheduled a vote for Wednesday, January 23 to vote on a bill – HR 273 – that would extend the current pay freeze for the rest of the year. That’s a criminal act in our book.
Federal employees have already sacrificed over $100 billion towards deficit reduction. Enough is enough.
Call your Representative right now — toll free: 1- 888-775-3148. Follow the instructions to be connected to your Representative’s office.
Urge your Representative to oppose HR 273 which would freeze federal pay for another year. Tell your Representative that the attack on hardworking, middle income Americans has got to stop.
Collectively, we can make sure that lawmakers’ phones are ringing off the hook. Thank you for taking action!
From the Federal Times:
Federal employees and military service members will not get paid if Congress does not raise the debt ceiling, President Obama said Monday.
The government also would not be able to honor its contracts with small-business owners, and Social Security checks and benefits for veterans would be delayed, Obama said during a news conference.
Obama reiterated his stance that he will not negotiate with Republicans — who are demanding spending cuts in exchange for raising the debt ceiling.
“We are not a deadbeat nation,” Obama said. “Republicans in Congress have two choices here. They can act responsibly and pay America’s bills, or they can act irresponsibly and put America through another economic crisis. But they will not collect a ransom in exchange for not crashing the American economy.”
The federal government reached its debt limit Dec. 31, but Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner said last month he could finagle another two months or so by taking so-called “extraordinary measures” before the debt ceiling would have to be raised. That implied Congress had more time to act and the government could keep running as-is until the end of February. However, the Bipartisan Policy Center think tank estimates the government could run out of money as early as Feb. 15.
Obama on Monday also appeared to dare House Republicans to shut down the government over the debt ceiling, as some GOP leaders have threatened.
“If the House Republicans … want to shut down the government to see if they can get their way on [deficit reduction], that’s their prerogative,” Obama said.
If Congress doesn’t want to raise the debt ceiling, Obama said, they should give him the authority to raise the limit on his own.
But the government’s current situation of one fiscal crisis after another is untenable, and must stop, Obama said.
“That’s not a credible way to run this government,” Obama said. “We’ve got to stop lurching from crisis to crisis to crisis when there’s this clear path ahead of us that simply requires some discipline, some responsibility, and some compromise.”
The Washington Area Metal Trades elected new officer in December 2012, and on Tuesday January 8, 2013 those officers were installed and hit the ground running. The first order of business was to set goals for the year for the council specifically in the realm of organizing. ”We know organizing is the life’s blood of the labor movement,” said Chris Madello of UA local 602 and trustee of the council; “and in the case of the WAMTC there are lots of opportunities for us to expand our membership. However we can’t do it alone. We have to involve every affiliate and solicit foot soldiers from them to push this expansion.”
“The WAMTC will be reaching out to all affiliates to solicit that help and identify targets in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area,” said Ron Ault President of the Metal Trades Department of the AFL-CIO. “This council has had many struggles over the years and none more devastating than the recent death of their past President Ed Witkowski who took on the task of trying to rebuild this council three years ago. “Our love and Prayers go out to Brother Witkowski and his family for the sacrifices he made to keep this council afloat while battling Cancer,” said Ault. “To honor Ed, we will do all that we can to make the WAMTC one of the best in the country.”
Meetings of the WAMTC are the second Tuesday of each month except as specified by the officers. affiliate members are welcome.