Federal employee unions are blasting Tennessee Republican Sen. Bob Corker’s proposal to extend the federal pay scale freeze through 2015 and revamp pension benefits for new hires. (AFP)
Federal employee unions are blasting Sen. Bob Corker’s proposal to extend the federal pay scale freeze through 2015 and revamp pension benefits for new hires.
“If the government is to remain a competitive employer, it makes absolutely no sense to freeze [workers’] pay for what would be a five-year period,” National Treasury Employees Union President Colleen Kelley said in a release.
The pay freeze, which began in January 2011, is now in effect through at least March.
Corker, a Tennessee Republican, made the proposals as part of a $4.5 trillion, 10-year deficit reduction package. The plan would mandate “common sense reforms to the federal workforce, which will help bring its compensation in line with private-sector benefits,” Corker wrote in a Washington Post op-ed.
While Corker did not detail the pension changes he had in mind, NTEU said his plan would eliminate defined benefit annuities for new employees. Corker’s plan would also cut the federal workforce through attrition by permitting agencies to replace only one of every three employees who leave.