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Minimum Wage Hike Could Take A Year

Minimum Wage Hike Could Take A Year

The new federal minimum wage covers only new contracts

President Obama announced he will sign an executive order setting the minimum wage for workers covered by new federal contracts at $10.10 an hour, up from $7.25 Read More »

What Would Happen If The Government Shuts Down?

What Would Happen If The Government Shuts Down?

And who would be affected?

UPDATE: IT HAPPENED Civilian federal employees -- from people who process forms and handle regulatory matters to workers at national parks and museums -- would be furloughed. Read More »

Sequester Cuts Devastating Families With Two Government Jobs

Sequester Cuts Devastating Families With Two Government Jobs

By Elizabeth Dilts NEW YORK -- The U.S. government's effort at cutting spending across the board is hurting a population once considered among the most financially stable -- dual income families where both partners are government employees. Starting on Monday, employees at agencies such as the Federal Aviation... Read More »

Weather Service Could Furlough 5,000 Workers Due To Budget Crunch

Weather Service Could Furlough 5,000 Workers Due To Budget Crunch

When it rains it pours -- especially when there's bad news about the job market. A cash crunch at the National Weather Service means that up to 5,000 federal workers may find themselves without paychecks for two weeks this summer, should Congress fail to allocate the $36 million the agency needs to meet... Read More »

Senate Panel Approves Benefits For Same-Sex Partners Of Government Workers

Senate Panel Approves Benefits For Same-Sex Partners Of Government Workers

WASHINGTON -- A Senate committee has approved legislation to give benefits to same-sex partners of federal workers. The Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee sent the legislation to the full Senate on Wednesday. The Senate has failed to pass previous versions of the bill. Read More »

Federal Workers Received Whopping $439 Million In Bonuses Last Year

Federal Workers Received Whopping $439 Million In Bonuses Last Year

Nearly a quarter of a million dollars. That's how much a U.S. Department of Agriculture employee was paid last year under a presidential program that recognizes exceptional performance on the job. The government worker, a veterinarian, was paid $179,700 in base salary and given a $62,895 "service bonus" for... Read More »

Congress Targets Federal Workers For Savings

Congress Targets Federal Workers For Savings

By Jim Abrams WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal workers were $15 billion losers as Congress looked for ways to pay for parts of the just-passed legislation to extend the payroll tax cut and federal unemployment benefits through the end of the year. Read More »

Many Federal Workers Out-Earn Private Sector Labor

Many Federal Workers Out-Earn Private Sector Labor

By Andrew Taylor WASHINGTON (AP) -- The average federal worker earns about 2 percent more than a private sector worker in a comparable profession, though the government's generous pension system means that overall compensation is significantly higher, a government study released Monday said. Once pension... Read More »

Proposals Call For Unprecedented Cuts To Federal Pay, Benefits

Proposals Call For Unprecedented Cuts To Federal Pay, Benefits

By Judi Hasson, AOL Government The congressional Super Committee has received several proposals to reduce the federal deficit with more pay freezes and less benefits for federal employees and a smaller federal workforce overall. Specifically, there are proposals in both the House and Senate to eliminate... Read More »

Postal Service Considers Cutting 120,000 Jobs

Postal Service Considers Cutting 120,000 Jobs

By Randolph E. Schmid WASHINGTON -- The financially strapped U.S. Postal Service is considering cutting as many as 120,000 jobs. Facing a second year of losses totaling $8 billion or more, the agency also wants to pull its workers out of the retirement and health benefits plans covering federal workers... Read More »

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