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National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE) NFFE is a national union representing 110,000 federal employees and service contractors throughout the United States and abroad. The National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE) is a national union representing 110,000 blue and white collar federal employees government-wide.

NFFE represents workers in 40 separate Departments and Agencies throughout government, with the greatest concentration of membership in the Departments of Defense, Veterans Affairs, and Agriculture. Founded in 1917, NFFE is the oldest union representing exclusively federal civil service employees. Our union is dedicated to fighting for the interests of federal workers and their families in the hal

NFFE represents workers in 40 separate Departments and Agencies throughout government, with the greatest concentration of membership in the Departments of Defense, Veterans Affairs, and Agriculture. Founded in 1917, NFFE is the oldest union representing exclusively federal civil service employees. Our union is dedicated to fighting for the interests of federal workers and their families in the hal

NFFE in the News:In a statement, National Federation of Federal Employees National President Randy Erwin, whose union re...
11/17/2021
Biden Signs Wildland Firefighter Pay Reform Into Law as Part of Infrastructure Package

NFFE in the News:

In a statement, National Federation of Federal Employees National President Randy Erwin, whose union represents federal firefighters, applauded Congress and Biden for taking action to address the pay disparities between federal firefighters and their state and local counterparts.

“In anticipation of the law passing, we started working with the administration several months ago to move forward with implementation of the law’s provisions as quickly as possible,” Erwin said. “We are excited to engage at a deeper level now that the law is signed, and we look forward to exploring additional, meaningful ways to fight wildfires and to improve the lives and safety of our firefighters.”

Full Article Below:

https://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2021/11/biden-signs-wildland-firefighter-pay-reform-law-part-infrastructure-package/186908/

Some federal wildland firefighters could see up to a $20,000 increase in base pay, and their positions will shift to a new “wildland firefighter” occupational series.

NFFE got a shoutout on MSNBC today as Rep. Joe Neguse and MSNBC's Jose Diaz-Balart discussed Neguse's recently-introduce...
10/26/2021
Rep. Neguse introduces bill to raise federal firefighter pay to $20/hour

NFFE got a shoutout on MSNBC today as Rep. Joe Neguse and MSNBC's Jose Diaz-Balart discussed Neguse's recently-introduced bipartisan legislation - Tim Hart Wildland Firefighter Classification and Pay Parity Act (H.R. 5631) - to overhaul federal wildland firefighter pay, benefits, and classification. NFFE strongly supports this legislation! It is time for systemic change in how we fight wildfire in this country. The time for that change is NOW!

https://www.msnbc.com/jose-diaz-balart/watch/rep-neguse-introduces-bill-to-raise-federal-firefighter-pay-to-20-hour-124651589973

Rep. Joe Neguse, one of the sponsors of a bill to increase pay for federal firefighters, joins José Díaz-Balart to discuss the growing need to hire firefighters and pay them a fair wage.

NFFE in the News:“For far too long, federal wildland firefighters have endured low wages, poor benefits and insufficient...
10/22/2021
House Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Overhaul Federal Firefighter Pay, Benefits

NFFE in the News:

“For far too long, federal wildland firefighters have endured low wages, poor benefits and insufficient resources, all while putting their lives on the line to protect our country,” NFFE National President Randy Erwin said. “The time is now to finally deliver for wildland firefighters and provide the pay, benefits and support programs that they desperately need and deserve.”

Full article below.

https://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2021/10/house-lawmakers-introduce-bill-overhaul-federal-firefighter-pay-benefits/186319/

Under a new bipartisan bill, federal wildland firefighters would make at least $20 per hour.

On Wednesday, members of the National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE) were invited to join Vice President Kamala ...
10/22/2021
NFFE Members Invited by Vice President Harris to Roundtable on Union Organizing and Collective Bargaining | National Federation of Federal Employees

On Wednesday, members of the National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE) were invited to join Vice President Kamala Harris and Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh at a White House roundtable to promote worker organizing and collective bargaining within the federal workforce.

https://nffe.org/nffe_news/nffe-members-invited-by-vice-president-harris-to-roundtable-on-union-organizing-and-collective-bargaining/

On Wednesday, members of the National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE) were invited to join Vice President Kamala Harris and Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh at a White House roundtable to promote…

Today, the National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE) is praising the Biden Administration, particularly Vice Presi...
10/21/2021
NFFE Applauds VP Harris and Biden Administration for New Guidelines Encouraging Federal Worker Organizing and Collective Bargaining | National Federation of Federal Employees

Today, the National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE) is praising the Biden Administration, particularly Vice President Kamala Harris and Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh, the co-chairs of the White House Task Force on Worker Organizing and Empowerment. Through this Task Force, the Administration announced new guidelines today that will encourage more federal workers to join unions and to encourage collective bargaining in the federal sector.

“NFFE applauds Vice President Harris and the Biden Administration for this action that we believe will increase union membership among federal workers,” said NFFE National President Randy Erwin. “That is indisputably good news for federal employees throughout the country. President Biden has always said he wanted to be a pro-worker and pro-union president. He is proving that he is with actions like these.”

The initiatives announced today include requiring federal employers to educate new hires and applicants about unions and which union they would have the opportunity to join. During the onboarding process, unions will also be given the chance to participate in new employee training sessions. For current federal workers, the Vice President plans to mandate that agencies better communicate the collective bargaining rights that employees have, as well as how to get in contact with their union if the employee is not yet a member.

“These commonsense guidelines are a real breath of fresh air,” continued President Erwin. “In recent years, federal unions have on numerous occasions seen barriers erected that prevent workers from learning about unions, joining unions, and engaging in bargaining collectively. Today, we saw the Biden-Harris Administration take action that makes it clear joining a union is encouraged by their Administration. That makes a world of difference.”

https://nffe.org/press-release/14162/

Today, the National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE) is praising the Biden Administration, particularly Vice President Kamala Harris and Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh, the co-chairs of the…

Today, the National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE) announced its support for The Wildland Firefighter Classifica...
10/19/2021
Union Backs Critical Legislation to Improve Pay, Benefits, and Support Programs for Wildland Firefighters | National Federation of Federal Employees

Today, the National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE) announced its support for The Wildland Firefighter Classification and Pay Parity Act, introduced this afternoon by Rep. Joe Neguse (D-CO). The bill would deliver a much-needed sweeping reform of pay, benefits, and support programs for federal wildland firefighters. This includes raising firefighter pay to at least $20 an hour and guaranteeing annual pay raises. The act also creates a new classification series specific to federal wildland firefighters, ensuring they are properly classified for the hazardous work carried out each fire season.

“As the fire seasons have become increasingly long and dangerous, it is imperative that federal firefighters have the resources they need to protect our country from this crisis,” said NFFE National President Randy Erwin. “Due to the strenuous nature of the duties wildland firefighters undertake, we must support these brave public servants with better pay, housing, health care, and mental health services. This legislation provides long overdue programs and resources that significantly improve the lives of wildland firefighters and their families.”

The Wildland Firefighter Classification and Pay Parity Act would reform health care programs, including the creation of a national service to track chronic diseases caused by exposure to hazardous environmental materials while on the job. Further, mental health services will be a main priority of the legislation, as it establishes a mental health awareness campaign, trainings, and a new support network for firefighters and their families.

If passed, federal wildland firefighters will be allowed to earn retirement benefits for temporary seasonal employment, which will retroactively apply to the last ten years of service. The bill will also offer firefighters the opportunity to secure tuition assistance, and rent-free housing for those serving on duty more than 50 miles from their primary residence. Among many other provisions, the act mandates that wildland firefighters are awarded one continuous week of paid time off each year and reforms current pay schedules so that firefighters are paid upon receipt of assignment until when they return from an incident.

“For far too long, federal wildland firefighters have endured low wages, poor benefits, and insufficient resources, all while putting their lives on the line to protect our country,” continued President Erwin. “The time is now to finally deliver for wildland firefighters and provide the pay, benefits, and support programs that they desperately need and deserve. NFFE urges Congress to pass The Wildland Firefighter Classification and Pay Parity Act.”

https://nffe.org/press-release/union-backs-critical-legislation-to-improve-pay-benefits-and-support-programs-for-wildland-firefighters/

Today, the National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE) announced its support for The Wildland Firefighter Classification and Pay Parity Act, introduced this afternoon by Rep. Joe Neguse (D-CO).

On Wednesday, September 9th, the President signed into law an Executive Order (EO) requiring vaccination for federal emp...
09/14/2021
Executive Order Requires Federal Employees to be Fully Vaccinated Against COVID-19 | National Federation of Federal Employees

On Wednesday, September 9th, the President signed into law an Executive Order (EO) requiring vaccination for federal employees against the COVID-19 disease. All federal workers must be fully vaccinated by November 22, 2021.

https://nffe.org/nffe_news/13927/

On Wednesday, September 9th, President Biden Signed into law an Executive Order (EO) requiring vaccination for federal employees against the COVID-19 disease. All federal workers must be fully vaccinated by November 22, 2021.

NFFE President Randy Erwin Meets with President Biden at White House Event Honoring Labor Unions:https://nffe.org/nffe_n...
09/09/2021
NFFE President Randy Erwin Meets with President Biden at White House Event Honoring Labor Unions | National Federation of Federal Employees

NFFE President Randy Erwin Meets with President Biden at White House Event Honoring Labor Unions:
https://nffe.org/nffe_news/nffe-president-randy-erwin-meets-with-president-biden-at-white-house-event-honoring-labor-unions/

Today, National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE) National President Randy Erwin attended an event at the White House dedicated to honoring labor unions. President Erwin briefly met with President Joe Biden after event concluded.

09/01/2021

NFFE Members Featured on ABC 10 News San Diego at Press Event to Save 300 Union Jobs.

Today, the National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE) joins the labor community in mourning the loss of AFL-CIO Pre...
08/05/2021
NFFE Mourns the Sudden Loss of AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka

Today, the National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE) joins the labor community in mourning the loss of AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, who passed away this morning from a heart attack at age 72. Trumka will be dearly missed by the 56 unions and 12.5 million members of the AFL-CIO.

https://nffe.org/nffe_news/nffe-mourns-the-sudden-loss-of-afl-cio-president-richard-trumka/

Today, NFFE joins the labor community in mourning the loss of AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, a labor titan who devoted his life to the working men and women of America.

NFFE's former General Counsel, Susan Grundmann, has been nominated to be a member of the Federal Labor Relations Authori...
08/05/2021
NFFE Praises FLRA Nominations of Susan T. Grundmann and Kurt Rumsfeld

NFFE's former General Counsel, Susan Grundmann, has been nominated to be a member of the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA). President Biden could not have picked a better candidate. NFFE strongly supports her nomination!

https://nffe.org/press-release/nffe-praises-nominations-of-susan-t-grundmann-and-kurt-rumsfeld-to-the-federal-labor-relations-authority/

Randy Erwin, NFFE National President, released a statement of support for President Biden’s nominations of former NFFE General Counsel Susan Tsui Grundmann to the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) and for Kurt Rumsfeld to General Counsel of the FLRA.

NFFE got a HUGE WIN in the VA this week. The Union reached an agreement with the VA to unwind all the anti-worker, anti-...
07/27/2021
NFFE Wins Favorable VA Settlement Against Anti-Union Policies

NFFE got a HUGE WIN in the VA this week. The Union reached an agreement with the VA to unwind all the anti-worker, anti-union policies of the previous administration. Kudos to the VA for doing the right thing! This is an absolute win for hardworking VA employees, and more importantly, our cherished veterans all across the country!

https://nffe.org/nffe_news/nffe-wins-favorable-settlement-with-the-department-of-veterans-affairs-reversing-dangerous-policies-that-limited-employee-input/

The settlement ensures that the NFFE-represented VA workers’ CBA is now in effect until July 6, 2023, and also restores Official Time for Title 38 employees.

President Biden: It is time to make necessary appointments to the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) and Federal S...
07/26/2021
Unions Call on Biden to Name New Labor Board Appointees

President Biden: It is time to make necessary appointments to the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) and Federal Service Impasses Panel (FSIP). Federal labor-relations does not work when holdovers are undermining the process from within.

https://www.govexec.com/workforce/2021/07/unions-call-biden-name-new-labor-board-appointees/184038/

More than six months into his administration, President Biden has yet to nominate a second Democrat to the Federal Labor Relations Authority, while the Federal Service Impasses Panel sits vacant.

The Machinists Union just posted this story about the heroic work NFFE-IAM wildland firefighters are doing, and our unio...
07/23/2021
Heroic NFFE-IAM Wildland Firefighters on Front Lines as Fire Season Heats Up - IAMAW

The Machinists Union just posted this story about the heroic work NFFE-IAM wildland firefighters are doing, and our union's fight to get firefighters better pay, fair retirement, and more boots on the ground. Great story!

https://www.goiam.org/news/heroic-nffe-iam-wildland-firefighters-on-front-lines-as-fire-season-heats-up/

As drought and high temperatures allow wildfires to spread across the western United States, NFFE-IAM Federal District 1 wildland firefighters are being mobilized to protect lives, property and infrastructure. More than 2 million acres have burned so far this year, compared with about 1.6 million by...

NFFE in the News:In a letter to the president last week, National Federation of Federal Employees National President Ran...
07/16/2021
Union Urges Further Action to Improve Firefighter Pay

NFFE in the News:

In a letter to the president last week, National Federation of Federal Employees National President Randy Erwin highlighted additional steps that the administration can take without congressional action to improve the lives of the tens of thousands of federal firefighters his union represents.

Although Biden has stated he intends to seek a long-term solution to federal firefighters’ low pay through legislation in Congress, Erwin said the government could boost salaries by up to 50% through a variety of administrative actions, including creating a new job classification and series of positions for firefighters, baking hazard pay into their regular salaries so that it is reflected in their leave and retirement benefits, and providing remote location pay for those who travel away from their families to work during fire season.

“Approximately half of federal firefighter income comes in the form of overtime and hazard pay, all of which is excluded from wages considered for retirement,” Erwin wrote. “Our members are paid far less than the state and local firefighters they work alongside. Our agencies provide some of the best training and experience, but many experienced firefighters leave once they get to journeyman level for better pay elsewhere, from $21 an hour up to triple that. Pay increases will improve workforce retention, which saves on training costs and ensures we have the most experienced hands on the fire line.”

Erwin also lauded the administration’s short-term plan to hire and convert seasonal employees to full-time status as a good “first step,” but said the agencies that employ federal firefighters must increase their ranks by 10,000 to 20,000 over the next decade to ease the strain felt by the current workforce. He urged the administration to hire more permanent seasonal employees, to convert temporary hires to permanent seasonal status, and to boost funding to ensure employees who have their hours extended are guaranteed employment through the duration of that extension.

“Year-round employment may also mean year-round deployment, which potentially deprives our firefighters of critical off-season recovery time from fatigue and the stress of the job,” Erwin wrote. “Please hire more firefighters before asking more of our already stretched workforce.”

Also key to dealing with the increased workload of a longer fire season will be improving federal firefighters’ access to mental health resources and other work-life balance programs, Erwin wrote. He encouraged agencies to improve firefighters’ employee assistance program to include specialists with experience working with first responders, require agencies to allow regular work schedules during slower periods, and stagger workers’ schedules more efficiently.

“Many of our firefighters have witnessed their colleagues injured or killed on the job and have experienced their own close calls,” Erwin wrote. “We need a new program that is fully accessible in rural areas; staffed with professionals who know trauma and treat PTSD, depression and substance abuse; and includes comprehensive su***de prevention and crisis support.”

https://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2021/07/union-urges-further-action-improve-firefighter-pay/183767/

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NFFE in the News: In a statement, National Federation of Federal Employees National President Randy Erwin, whose union represents federal firefighters, applauded Congress and Biden for taking action to address the pay disparities between federal firefighters and their state and local counterparts. “In anticipation of the law passing, we started working with the administration several months ago to move forward with implementation of the law’s provisions as quickly as possible,” Erwin said. “We are excited to engage at a deeper level now that the law is signed, and we look forward to exploring additional, meaningful ways to fight wildfires and to improve the lives and safety of our firefighters.” Full Article Below: https://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2021/11/biden-signs-wildland-firefighter-pay-reform-law-part-infrastructure-package/186908/
Veterans Day Message from NFFE National President Randy Erwin - https://mailchi.mp/nffe/vets-day
NFFE got a shoutout on MSNBC today as Rep. Joe Neguse and MSNBC's Jose Diaz-Balart discussed Neguse's recently-introduced bipartisan legislation - Tim Hart Wildland Firefighter Classification and Pay Parity Act (H.R. 5631) - to overhaul federal wildland firefighter pay, benefits, and classification. NFFE strongly supports this legislation! It is time for systemic change in how we fight wildfire in this country. The time for that change is NOW! https://www.msnbc.com/jose-diaz-balart/watch/rep-neguse-introduces-bill-to-raise-federal-firefighter-pay-to-20-hour-124651589973
NFFE in the News: “For far too long, federal wildland firefighters have endured low wages, poor benefits and insufficient resources, all while putting their lives on the line to protect our country,” NFFE National President Randy Erwin said. “The time is now to finally deliver for wildland firefighters and provide the pay, benefits and support programs that they desperately need and deserve.” Full article below. https://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2021/10/house-lawmakers-introduce-bill-overhaul-federal-firefighter-pay-benefits/186319/
On Wednesday, members of the National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE) were invited to join Vice President Kamala Harris and Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh at a White House roundtable to promote worker organizing and collective bargaining within the federal workforce. https://nffe.org/nffe_news/nffe-members-invited-by-vice-president-harris-to-roundtable-on-union-organizing-and-collective-bargaining/
Today, the National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE) is praising the Biden Administration, particularly Vice President Kamala Harris and Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh, the co-chairs of the White House Task Force on Worker Organizing and Empowerment. Through this Task Force, the Administration announced new guidelines today that will encourage more federal workers to join unions and to encourage collective bargaining in the federal sector. “NFFE applauds Vice President Harris and the Biden Administration for this action that we believe will increase union membership among federal workers,” said NFFE National President Randy Erwin. “That is indisputably good news for federal employees throughout the country. President Biden has always said he wanted to be a pro-worker and pro-union president. He is proving that he is with actions like these.” The initiatives announced today include requiring federal employers to educate new hires and applicants about unions and which union they would have the opportunity to join. During the onboarding process, unions will also be given the chance to participate in new employee training sessions. For current federal workers, the Vice President plans to mandate that agencies better communicate the collective bargaining rights that employees have, as well as how to get in contact with their union if the employee is not yet a member. “These commonsense guidelines are a real breath of fresh air,” continued President Erwin. “In recent years, federal unions have on numerous occasions seen barriers erected that prevent workers from learning about unions, joining unions, and engaging in bargaining collectively. Today, we saw the Biden-Harris Administration take action that makes it clear joining a union is encouraged by their Administration. That makes a world of difference.” https://nffe.org/press-release/14162/
Today, the National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE) announced its support for The Wildland Firefighter Classification and Pay Parity Act, introduced this afternoon by Rep. Joe Neguse (D-CO). The bill would deliver a much-needed sweeping reform of pay, benefits, and support programs for federal wildland firefighters. This includes raising firefighter pay to at least $20 an hour and guaranteeing annual pay raises. The act also creates a new classification series specific to federal wildland firefighters, ensuring they are properly classified for the hazardous work carried out each fire season. “As the fire seasons have become increasingly long and dangerous, it is imperative that federal firefighters have the resources they need to protect our country from this crisis,” said NFFE National President Randy Erwin. “Due to the strenuous nature of the duties wildland firefighters undertake, we must support these brave public servants with better pay, housing, health care, and mental health services. This legislation provides long overdue programs and resources that significantly improve the lives of wildland firefighters and their families.” The Wildland Firefighter Classification and Pay Parity Act would reform health care programs, including the creation of a national service to track chronic diseases caused by exposure to hazardous environmental materials while on the job. Further, mental health services will be a main priority of the legislation, as it establishes a mental health awareness campaign, trainings, and a new support network for firefighters and their families. If passed, federal wildland firefighters will be allowed to earn retirement benefits for temporary seasonal employment, which will retroactively apply to the last ten years of service. The bill will also offer firefighters the opportunity to secure tuition assistance, and rent-free housing for those serving on duty more than 50 miles from their primary residence. Among many other provisions, the act mandates that wildland firefighters are awarded one continuous week of paid time off each year and reforms current pay schedules so that firefighters are paid upon receipt of assignment until when they return from an incident. “For far too long, federal wildland firefighters have endured low wages, poor benefits, and insufficient resources, all while putting their lives on the line to protect our country,” continued President Erwin. “The time is now to finally deliver for wildland firefighters and provide the pay, benefits, and support programs that they desperately need and deserve. NFFE urges Congress to pass The Wildland Firefighter Classification and Pay Parity Act.” https://nffe.org/press-release/union-backs-critical-legislation-to-improve-pay-benefits-and-support-programs-for-wildland-firefighters/
Shutdown Averted: Congress Passes Continuing Resolution - https://mailchi.mp/nffe/shutdown-guidance-6310618
NFFE Guidance on Potential Government Shutdown - https://mailchi.mp/nffe/shutdown-guidance
On Wednesday, September 9th, the President signed into law an Executive Order (EO) requiring vaccination for federal employees against the COVID-19 disease. All federal workers must be fully vaccinated by November 22, 2021. https://nffe.org/nffe_news/13927/
NFFE President Randy Erwin Meets with President Biden at White House Event Honoring Labor Unions: https://nffe.org/nffe_news/nffe-president-randy-erwin-meets-with-president-biden-at-white-house-event-honoring-labor-unions/
Labor Day Message from NFFE President Randy Erwin - https://mailchi.mp/nffe/laborday