Federal Unions to Fight Supercommittee Job Cuts

Thursday, 15 Sep 2011 10:16 AM

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A group of unions representing 300,000 federal workers vows to fight jobs cuts that might be included in recommendations from the congressional supercommittee that is preparing a proposal to implement the federal deficit deal, The Washington Post’s Federal Diary column reported.

The promise from the Federal Workers Alliance, which is made up of 22 federal employee unions, is the latest move aiming to fight cuts that the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reductions might come up with on its way to paring $1.5 trillion from the deficit.

“Federal workers are not going to sit on the sidelines while their jobs and retirement security are up for grabs,” the Post quoted alliance Chairman William R. Dougan as saying. “There is simply too much at stake. We are asking committee members to stand with our nation’s federal employees and make certain they don’t lose the resources they need to keep our promises to the American people.”

The organizations note that job cuts will be felt particularly hard outside of Washington, a metropolitan area that is home to 85 percent of the federal workforce.

A statement from Federally Employed Women said cuts would have an “enormous adverse impact on the counties in more rural areas. Furthermore, the federal jobs that are lost outside the Beltway in these more remote areas will not easily be replaced as those in more urban and/or cities.”

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