This afternoon, NTEU National President Tony Reardon spoke with Maryland Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, and Maryland Representatives Steny Hoyer, John Delaney, Dutch Ruppersberger, Anthony Brown, and Jamie Raskin to discuss the impact the government shutdown is having on federal employees, including the uncertainty created with respect to paychecks, and the interruption of government services.
All of the legislators expressed their strong commitment to the federal workforce, and to assuring that legislation to re-open the government must include retroactive pay for federal workers. As you know, federal employees who are deemed excepted continue to work unpaid, until the government re-opens, and those furloughed have no guarantee of their lost pay.
NTEU is working with members of both the House and Senate to ensure federal workers–whether they are deemed excepted and remain on the job unpaid, or are furloughed– are paid quickly once Congress and the Administration act on a funding measure.
NTEU strongly supports Senator Cardin’s (D-MD) bill (S. 2274) and Representatives Beyer (D-VA) and Wittman’s (R-VA) bipartisan legislation (H.R. 4827) that would ensure retroactive and swift pay for all federal employees. Reps. Hoyer, Delaney, Ruppersberger, Brown, and Raskin are all co-sponsoring H.R. 4827, and Senator Van Hollen is a co-sponsor of S. 2274.
Senator Cardin also discussed his multiple efforts today in the Senate to attach his bill to whatever funding measure the Senate acts upon to re-open the government. Additionally, the Members re-iterated their strong support for federal employee pay, retirement and health care benefits, and their right to collectively bargain, and to protecting federal employees from being targeted during ongoing negotiations over longer-term spending and raising the sequester caps for non-defense discretionary spending.
I want to re-assure all of our members that despite the fact that we are in a shutdown, we do have legislators fighting for the federal workforce, and to get paychecks to employees as quickly as possible.
I will keep you updated on further developments. For more information, please visit the NTEU Legislative Action Center.