A subcommittee of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on Tuesday to discuss challenges facing government employees, The Washington Post reported Monday.
Joe Davidson writes that union leaders will attend the meeting to urge the government to take steps to cultivate the federal workforce.
“Federal employees have had their benefits diminished by $138 billion in the name of deficit reduction,” Colleen Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, said in a written testimony prepared for the hearing, The Post reports.
“They are the only group in the country to have been singled out to fix the federal deficit,” Kelley said, according to Davidson’s article.
J. David Cox, president of the American Federation of Government Employees, and Carol Bonosaro, president of the Senior Executives Association, also raised concerns.
They said that low morale is a result of the decreased benefits and that Congress has yet to step in and help in a meaningful way.