• February 13, 2016

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      INFORMATION & INSTRUCTIONS on what to do to help get the NY LOCALITY PAY here at TYAD!

      On Thursday, January 21, 2016, the FEDERAL PREVAILING RATE ADVISORY COMMITTEE met at the 609th meeting of the FPRAC.  At that meeting the committee voted to abolish the Scranton-Wilkes-Barre wage area and move Monroe County to the New York City wage area and the other counties in the Scranton-Wilkes-Barre wage area to the adjacent wage areas. Officers of AFGE National, AFGE Local 1647 as well as Bob Morgan from Representative Matt Cartwright’s office spoke on the pay disparity at Tobyhanna Army Depot. Emily Ackerman, staff member from Representative Lou Barletta’s office, was present at the meeting to show support as well. Additionally, Letters to Acting Director of OPM, Beth F. Colbert, from Senator Robert Casey, Representative Matt Cartwright, and Representative Lou Barletta regarding the pay disparity at Tobyhanna Army Depot between GS and FWS employees were presented for review. We need ALL TYAD employees and their families to call your Senators and Representatives and thank the ones that are supporting us in this issue and to ask the ones that aren’t to send a letter or call Acting Director of OPM, Beth F. Colbert, and ask OPM to issue the regulation to move to abolish the Scranton-Wilkes-Barre wage area and move Monroe County to the New York City wage area and the other counties to the adjacent wage areas. When calling your Representatives and Senators, identify yourself as a constituent, tell the aide you would like to leave a brief message asking them to send a letter or call Acting Director of OPM, Beth F. Colbert, and ask OPM to issue the regulation to move to abolish the Scranton-Wilkes-Barre wage area and move Monroe County to the New York City wage area and the other counties to the adjacent wage areas. Ask for your senators or representative’s position on this issue and ask for a written response to your telephone call. Phone numbers are listed below. The time to act is now, call today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Senator Bob Casey-                               202-224-6324

      Senator Patrick J. Toomey-                  202-224-4254

      Representative Tom Marino-              202-225-3731

      Representative Lou Barletta-              202-225-6511

      Representative Charlie Dent-              202-225-6411

      Representative Matt Cartwright-       202-225-5546

      The House of Representatives just introduced a dangerous bill to make it even harder for federal employees to have a union voice on the job.

      The misleadingly-named Federal Employee Rights Act would end your ability to deduct dues from your paycheck, like you do for charity and health insurance. It will make it almost impossible for you to petition Congress for better pay, benefits, and working conditions. And it would count the votes of people who don’t bother to show up for union elections as ‘no’ votes against union employees, flying in the face of democracy itself.

      Please take 2 minutes to write to your representative and tell them: Vote NO on the Federal Employee Rights Act!

      This is the biggest threat to federal employees’ constitutional freedom of assembly we have ever seen, and we need your help to stop it.

      Write to your Representative NOW and tell them to stop the Federal Employee Rights Act.

      In solidarity,


      Veteran Employment for DOD

      The attached web link is a great source of information to help our veterans obtain employment

      within DoD after serving this great nation.



      On Behalf of National Vice President, Keith J. Hill

      Dear DoD Locals,

      Please share with your membership.

      In response to John Threlkeld’s request that we push our U.S. Senators to sign the “Dear Colleague” sign-on letter, I am providing each of you with an easy way to carry out this extremely important grassroots tactic, which needs to be completed by C.O.B. Friday, Feb. 12. Follow the instructions below:

      1. Click on this link for your U.S. Senators contact information. Click your state, and then click your senator’s name for their DC office number. Call and ask for the Military Legislative Assistant (MLA). You can send them the attached letter if they request it.
      2. Tell the MLA that you are calling to ask the Senator to sign onto a “Dear Colleague” letter that Senator Murray is circulating about efforts to oppose converting Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) employees to non-appropriated fund employees. 
      3. If the senator agrees to sign on to the letter, have them contact Leticia Mederos, Leticia_mederos@help.senate.gov or they can call 4-5111.

      Senator Coons has already signed on to this.  Please encourage Senator Casey and Senator Carper to sign on.

      IMPORTANT: You may view this email using your home email on your personal computer, smart phone, or other electronic device when not on government property. BUT, this information should not be downloaded using government equipment, read during duty time, or sent to others using government equipment, because it involves taking an election related action and could be a violation of the Hatch Act. Do not forward this email to government or home email addresses as it contains AFGE member information specific to you.

      Anthony -

      The 2016 presidential election is fast approaching, and no one will be impacted more by our nation's decision than government employees. The next president will be our boss for four years and hold enormous sway over our jobs, our pay, and our retirement. We must do everything we can to support the candidate who supports us.

      AFGE needs to make sure that whoever occupies the White House values our work and our agencies' mission to serve the public. We need someone with the spine to stand strong against the anti-government ideologues that want to shut down the government and eliminate our jobs.

      That's why AFGE is proud to endorse Hillary Clinton for President of the United States.

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      “Secretary Clinton shares AFGE’s vision for a strong and vibrant government workforce that has the necessary tools and support needed to deliver vital programs and services to the American public,” said AFGE National President J. David Cox, Sr. “The American people count on government employees to keep their streets safe, deliver their Social Security checks on time, and care for our nation’s heroes at veterans’ hospitals, and AFGE can count on Hillary Clinton to help us get it done.”

      This is a huge decision for us to make, and we didn’t make it lightly. Click here to read about why we are endorsing Secretary Clinton, how AFGE’s endorsement process works, and more.

      In the coming months, AFGE will be fully involved in mobilizing support for Clinton and other pro-worker candidates prior to Election Day, and we all need to do our part to protect our livelihoods. We encourage you to join us in knocking on doors to get out the vote, phone-banking, and talking to your co-workers on why it’s important to support pro-worker candidates.

      Hillary Clinton will fight for you, but she will need you and all of us to have her back in this election. Stay tuned for more updates on what you can do to win the White House for working families.

      In solidarity,

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