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Federal Employees News Digest : Oct 28, 2013
people have spoken and we plan to hold together in the union family—and to accomplish our goals. What message do you want to end on, here—for fellow feds and the public? Dimondstein: We want the people of this country to step up with us, to defend what’s rightfully theirs. What’s rightfully theirs is a good public Postal Service, and uniform and universal mail rates. If [the Postal Service] is privatized, what will the cost be if a regular person wants to send something from Washington, D.C. to Abilene, Texas? It won’t be 46 cents—it will be more. The idea is that the Postal Service is a system that really works. It serves everybody equally—or it should—and it serves everybody uni- versally. That’s the way it should stay. We are completely opposed to closing a par- ticular postal station because it doesn’t generate a certain minimum revenue. Maybe it’s a low-income neighborhood, but that neighborhood deserves the same service as any other. Otherwise, it’s going to be a Postal Service that belongs to the wealthy only. We at APWU want to make sure the Postal Service stays in the hands of the 99 percent. DOD estimates productivity loss at $600 million The Defense Department said that fur- loughs of its civilian employees during the shutdown cost the department at least $600 million in productivity. The numbers came during a Pentagon news conference with DOD’s top finan- cial officer, Comptroller Robert F. Hale, according to a news bulletin from American Forces Press Service. Hale said lost productivity is in addition to other costs that have not yet been calculated. “We built up interest payments, because we were forced to pay vendors late,” Hale said. “We had to cancel train- ing classes, so we had to bring the people home on orders and then send them right back again.” Hales warned that if the budget remains the level authorized under the Budget Control Act, the department would have to downsize its workforce— through attrition, if possible. DOD also would have to reduce its military force as well. “I’m a lot more worried about the morale effects,” Hale said. “We need some stability, and we need to keep tell- ing [employees] they’re important, and then we need to show it through things like pay raises and no more furloughs, etc.” To see more, go to: www.defense.gov/ 2014 Federal Employees Almanac Your one-stop resource on federal benefits — completely revised with the latest 2014 rules, regulations, and procedures! Reserve NOW for Best Savings www.FederalDaily.com/catalog • 800.989.3363 Shipping February 2014 2014AlmanacFederalEmployees2014AlmanacFederalEmployees2014AlmanacFederalEmployees continued on page 5 October 28, 2013 Vol. 63, No. 15 4 Visit us on the Internet at www.FederalDaily.com continued from page 3
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