Talks of Attacking Government Employee Pensions to Reduce Deficit: AFGE Members Voice Their Concerns

There are talks by lawmakers to place a heavier burden on FERS government employees, requiring them to pay more into their pension plans. AFGE members voice their concerns over these proposals.

Dear Senator,

I’m a federal employee, having worked for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as an attorney for more than 24 years.

I am satisfied with my pay, though I note that in good years, first year associates in large law firms are paid as much as I am.  One of the trade-offs is supposed to be a pension–1% per year of service.  It’s not a lot, but it is respectful of my service.

Raising my contribution to 7% of pay is disrespectful, especially when coupled with an extended pay freeze.

I am willing to pay more in taxes.  I am willing to have tax deductions reduced or eliminated.  I am willing to be treated the same as all other Americans.

But it is not fair to tax federal employees disproportionately.  Increasing our retirement contributions to 7% is a disproportionate tax increase.

Thank you for your consideration.

Carolyn Federoff
AFGE Local 3258 Vice President
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

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