Jim Hewitt Retirement

Join us at the Union office from 11am-1pm on November 30th to have a piece of cake and wish Jim good luck with his retirement.

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Union Meeting (Nov 8, 2017)

Join us this Wed for our monthly Union Meeting.

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March Union Meeting (3-12-14)

Get involved in your union. All members are welcome to attend the monthly union meeting held in the union hall at 5:30pm on Wednesday March 12, 2014.

December Outpost

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Monthly Union Meeting Dec 11th

Statement of Terry O’Sullivan, General President of LIUNA, On the Federal Government Shutdown

Washington, D.C. (October 1, 2013) – It is exasperating that the U.S. House of Representatives has become so tied in political knots that it can no longer do its job and pass legislation to fund programs and services it has already authorized and to prevent a shutdown of the federal government.

The radical Tea Party Republicans are the tail wagging the dog. Their extremism puts our economy at risk and doing so for political gain is simply un-American.

As an organization that proudly represents more than 25,000 federal employees – workers who protect our national security, provide critical health care services to veterans and Native Americans, keep our skies safe and our parks clean, and of whom at least 5,000 are currently serving their country in the military – we appeal to House leadership to put an end to this dangerous circus. And Congress must then make the federal employees who have been victims whole by providing full back pay.

LiUNA Local 28 comments about the shutdown

“Jim Hewitt, a labor union leader at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, said workers don’t like Congress “playing games” with their jobs. 
“They’re frustrated and they’re exasperated,”said Hewitt, president of Laborer’s International Union of North America Local 28. 
The union is nonpartisan but Hewitt said he blamed Republican leaders in Congress for the shutdown by seeking a delay in implementation of the Affordable Care Act in budget negotiations. Republicans have blamed the Democrats for not working to reach a compromise on a temporary budget measure that would have avoided a shutdown. 
“At this point, we’re holding the Republican responsible,” Hewitt said. “We’d like to see their pay and benefits taken away.” 

Full Article: http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/military/article/Government-shutdown-brings-nearly-23-000-4861129.php

LiUNA General President calls on Congress to make federal employees whole by authorizing full back pay

Washington, D.C. (October 1, 2013) – It is exasperating that the U.S. House of Representatives has become so tied in political knots that it can no longer do its job and pass legislation to fund programs and services it has already authorized and to prevent a shutdown of the federal government.

The radical Tea Party Republicans are the tail wagging the dog. Their extremism puts our economy at risk and doing so for political gain is simply un-American.

As an organization that proudly represents more than 25,000 federal employees – workers who protect our national security, provide critical health care services to veterans and Native Americans, keep our skies safe and our parks clean, and of whom at least 5,000 are currently serving their country in the military – we appeal to House leadership to put an end to this dangerous circus. And Congress must then make the federal employees who have been victims whole by providing full back pay.

 

http://www.liuna.org/news/story/statement-of-terry-o’sullivan-general-president-of-liuna-on-the-federal-government-shutdown

Furlough Questions?

http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/furlough-guidance/guidance-for-shutdown-furloughs.pdf

Q: I’m a Federal retiree. Will I still receive my monthly annuity payment during a government shutdown?
A. Yes, Federal retirees under the CSRS and FERS retirement systems will still receive their scheduled annuity payments on the first business day of the month.

Q: Will an employee continue to be covered under the Federal Employee Health Benefits (FEHB) program during a shutdown furlough if the agency is unable to make its premium payments on time?
A. Yes, the employee’s FEHB coverage will continue even if an agency does not make the premium payments on time. Since the employee will be in a non-pay status, the enrollee share of the FEHB premium will accumulate and be withheld from pay upon return to pay status.

Q: What happens to an employee’s Federal Dental and Vision (FEDVIP) Program coverage if furloughed?
A. Payroll deductions will cease for any employee that does not receive pay. BENEFEDS will generate a bill to enrollees for premiums when no payment is received for two consecutive pay periods. The enrollee should pay premiums directly billed to him/her on a timely basis to ensure continuation of coverage.

Q:Will excepted employees be paid for performing work during a shutdown furlough? If so, when will excepted employees receive such payments?
A. Agencies will incur obligations to pay for services performed by excepted employees during a lapse in appropriations, and those employees will be paid after Congress passes and the President signs a new appropriation or continuing resolution.

Monthly Union Meeting Sep 11th

Furloughs Cut From 11 to 6 Days

Furloughs cut from 11 to 6 days see the story here

Monthly Union Meeting Aug 14th

All members are invited to join us at the union hall for our monthly union meeting. If you want to know what is going on and have a voice in your union please attend. Be at the union hall by 5:30pm (1730 hrs) sign-in and find a seat. You can always come a little early and get to know your fellow brothers and sisters. See everyone there!
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