Thousands of employees of land management agencies have served their country for five, ten, twenty, or more seasons under a string of temporary appointments -- with no benefits, retirement, or hope of career advancement. Many employees are trapped in this second class status. This has huge negative effects on morale and efficiency. We are working for reforms to:
This will be a long, hard battle. The economy is in bad shape and the federal budget is deeply in the red. But it is a simple matter of justice: the government should not treat its employees worse than Wal-Mart does! See What Can I Do? for how to get involved.
NFFE-FSC delegation meets with scores of Congressional members and staff to ask for support for HR 533 (http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-113hr533ih/pdf/BILLS-113hr533ih.pdf), the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act, a bill which would give long-term temporary employees opportunity for permanent employment, and federal managers flexibility to hire an experienced workforce. The following documents were distributed:
The NFFE-FSC "path to permanence" bill to lay the groundwork for temporary employment reform has been introduced in both the House of Representatives (HR 6306) and the Senate (S 3585). It is called the “Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act."
If you care about temporary employment reform, please read these plain language summaries of the issue and the legislation. Then, take action.
NFFE-FSC legislative proposal is introduced as H.R. 6306 in the House of Representatives – see:
NFFE-FSC plays a central role in securing President Obama's commitment to make temporary seasonal firefighters eligible to participate in federal health insurance plans. Along with John Lauer and other Tatanka Hotshots and firefighters and their families and friends and an ad hoc coalition consisting of change.org and FWFSA, we put this issue on the radar screen and worked behind the scenes for meaningful action. Ongoing developments.
NFFE-FSC delegation meets with scores of Congressional members and staff and call for action on a "path to permanence" for long-term temporary employees - a way to convert them to permanent seasonal status. The following documents were distributed: