NTEU Supports Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill

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Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill
Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill

NTEU is supporting Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill. She serves on several important Committees including the Finance Committee and is a senior member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. These Committees have jurisdiction over the IRS, CBP, and federal workforce issues at large.

Senator McCaskill has been a champion on federal employee pay, and in 2018 questioned OMB Director Mulvaney on the White House’s pay freeze plan asking the Director Mulvaney in a letter, “Please explain OMB’s rationale for proposing a pay freeze for all civilian federal employees, including law enforcement in..2019.”

She’s got our back…

Our Pay

  • Voted to oppose slashing federal employee salaries by 10%.

Our Retirement

  • Opposed a bill requiring all federal employees to contribute an additional 6% of their pay to their pensions, further eroding pay.
  • Sent a letter to Office of Personnel Management Director Jeff Pon opposing the administration’s proposed $143 billion in cuts to federal employee and retiree pensions.

Our Workplace Rights

  • At the confirmation hearing for the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) nominees, who are to be responsible for key enforcement and resolution of federal employee labor laws and conflict, she asked nominees “do you fully support the right of federal employees to organize and bargain collectively?”
  • Voted against more than doubling the probationary period for newly-hired federal employees.

Fighting Executive Orders

  • Sent a letter urging the President to rescind the May 25, 2018 Executive Orders that harm federal employees and limit their voices at agencies.

Agency Funding 

  • Opposed budget legislation that would have immediately under-funded NTEU-represented agencies, including the IRS, HHS, EPA, and USDA, by $43 billion triggering federal employee RIFs and furloughs.
  • Sponsoring a bill to properly fund and hire CBP Officers to help fill thousands of existing vacancies at ports of entry and to help stop the spread of synthetic opioids.

In the current Congress, Senator McCaskill has voted with NTEU 100% of the time.

There are many salient issues to consider when supporting a candidate, but NTEU focuses on one thing: Anyone NTEU endorses is ‘walking the walk’ or ‘talking the talk’ of standing up for federal employees. More specifically, NTEU looked for proven track records or promises to protect your pay, pensions, health care, and workplace rights. Many of these individuals have also attended NTEU events around the country and listened to NTEU members share their stories.

A total of 60 Senators that believe in the good work of federal employees has the ability to protect against harmful policies.

The November 6 midterm elections are right around the corner. Members, please check out who else NTEU is endorsing in your local competitive congressional races.

 

Author: chapterpresident

I have worked in the FDA since 1990 in a variety of positions. I currently serve as chapter president of NTEU Chapter 254, representing FDA employees in Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah.