November 7, 2014
By Neal Tepel
"What happened Tuesday November 4th is just the beginning of what we already knew would be a tough two years for government employees," said American Federation of Government Employees National President David Cox.
Cox said AFGE will continue to fight for pay raises that close the gap between public and private sector employees and to end sequestration.
The National Treasury Employees Union seemed to be on the same page as AFGE.
"The last few years have been challenging ones for the federal workforce and I expect they will remain so," said NTEU President Colleen Kelley.
Results from the Office of Personnel Management's annual Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey confirm that statement.
Only 59 percent of federal employees surveyed by OPM said they were satisfied with their jobs. In addition, federal worker satisfaction with their senior leaders hit its lowest point in five years.
Both unions are pushing Congress to pass a spending bill before the current continuing resolution runs out Dec. 11th.
"It is critically important for Congress to pass a new funding bill to keep the government operational past Dec. 11, when the current budget measure expires," said NTEU President Colleen Kelley.