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Federal Employees News Digest : Feb. 18, 2013
various transportation privileges and range of other benefits. Panetta said that although the chang- es will necessitate "substantial policy revisions and training," benefits would become available as soon as possible--- perhaps as soon as Aug. 31, and not later than Oct. 1. To see more, go to: www.defense.gov/ news/Same-SexBenefitsMemo.pdf. union slams president’s 2014 pay proposal President Obama is expected to pro- pose a 1 percent pay raise for federal employees for 2014, an increase one labor leader labeled as "unconscionable." "President Obama's proposed 1 per- cent pay adjustment for 2014 is simply not enough," said American Federation of Government Employees National President J. David Cox Sr. in a statement. "It is not enough to allow federal employees to make up lost ground from two-plus years of frozen pay," he said. "It is not enough to allow workers, most of whom earn very modest salaries ranging from $24,000 to $70,000, to maintain liv- ing standards." Cox said the proposed raise fails to indi- cate that the administration values the fed- eral workforce, and that not giving employ- ees the full across-the-board increase called for under the law---an increase that reflects pay growth in the private sector---is "abso- lutely unconscionable." The labor leader said the union would work with Congress to try to secure a larger raise. bill would give feds paid parental leave Three House lawmakers introduced a bill that would give federal employees four weeks of paid parental leave upon the birth or adoption of a child. The Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act, sponsored by Democratic Reps. Carolyn Maloney (N.Y.) and Gerry Connolly (Va.), and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D.C.), also would allow fed- eral employees to use any accumulated annual or sick leave to offset the 12 weeks of unpaid leave guaranteed by the Family and Medical Leave Act. The bill was introduced on the 20th anniversary of the FMLA. "Raising a child is the single most important task a human being can take on, yet the United States lags behind the rest of the world in supporting and encouraging new parents," Maloney said. "Currently, federal employees must deplete their annual leave and sick time to take time off after the arrival of a child. "It is time to provide our federal work- force with parental leave benefits com- parable to what is found in the private sector," Connolly said. "Our treatment of our dedicated federal workforce is a reflection of our country's values." According to the bill's sponsors, the February 18, 2013 Vol. 62, No. 29 6 Visit us on the Internet at www.FederalDaily.com continued from page 5 continued on page 8 When you're ready to do something bigger When you're ready to advance your career You are ready for American Public University American Public University is ready to help you move your career forward. We offer respected degrees in Business Administration, Information Technology, Security Management, Management, Military Management and Program Acquisition, and more --- completely online. We're also able to provide our students with opportunities beyond the virtual classroom working with select Fortune 500 companies and government agencies. And people are taking notice. We've been nationally recognized by the Sloan Consortium for effective practices in online education. When you're ready, visit StudyatAPU.com/FEN We want you to make an informed decision about the university that's right for you. For more about the graduation rate and median debt of students who completed each program, as well as other important information---visit www.APUS.edu/disclosure.
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