Federal workers group holds state convention in Havelock

Published: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 05:35 PM.

In North Carolina, NARFE has about 5,500 members. The state is divided into six areas. Havelock is part of Area Six, which includes New Bern and Greenville, and has about 1,200 members.

The state convention is designed to help the organization set the agenda for advocacy of specific issues on behalf of active and retired federal employees.

"We meet here once a year so we can talk to each other, do some socializing, but also for the betterment of the national active and retired federal employees," said Sam Crain, from Maggie Valley, president of the state federation of NARFE.

The group elected officers for the next two years, set bylaws, and looked after the needs of individual chapters during the three-day convention, which is scheduled to conclude today.

"We listen to our people to see what they want to do about their (Cost of Living Adjustment), their retirements and their health insurance. It’s all business," Johnson said.

Crain said that Congress is constantly going after the benefits of federal employees as a way to reduce the budget. He said that is putting a heavy burden on federal employees as compared to other areas of the budget.

"Our goal is to make sure that we do our share, but we’d like to see that widen into the other areas of the country who could be sharing that portion of the deficit," Crain said.

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