Federal workers group holds state convention in Havelock

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

Locally, support extends to employees of Fleet Readiness Center East at Cherry Point, where sequestration is likely to lead to work furloughs, possibly beginning next month. Workers are facing the possibility of losing 20 percent of their paychecks for about 14 weeks during the furlough period.

"I’ve been recruiting FRC members to join us because right now as you know we’ve been having these furloughs, and while all this is going on, we’ve been fighting in Washington D.C. also and it’s been assisting FRC East, so I’ve been recruiting those members who are retiring here," Johnson said. "We need younger people to get involved and understand what’s going to happen if they don’t get involved.

"The federal employees at FRC are in a freeze right now and they are trying to change that to a different type setup to where they won’t have to give us a raise. We’re trying to get the government not to put us at fault for the problems that they’re having in the federal government. They’re making laws up there that they are going to try to do away with the way that they have our COLAs set up, and that’s our pay raises every year or so. That’s the reason we’re fighting this issue." 

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