New Orleans, LA (PRWEB) June 03, 2014
The Laborers International Union of North America’s National Guard District Council (LIUNA NGDC) commonly supports Senator Jack Reed’s re-introducing of the National Guard Technician Equity Act. On May 8th, 2014, Sen. Reed introduced Senate Bill 2312, that seeks “to eliminate inequities” inside the treatment of technicians. LIUNA NGDC states which Senator Reed’s legislation targets certain compensation plus due procedure shortfalls which particularly impact National Guard dual-status technicians.
“Technicians are more knowledgeable, experienced, plus expense powerful than their less experienced plus high paid active duty counterparts. From a expense attitude, technicians can be among the right kept tips in every of Department of Defense,” states Ben Banchs, Organization Manager at LIUNA NGDC.
Technicians are a unique category of Federal civil service employees. Their responsibilities vary from clerical to mechanical. Technicians keep computer networks, handle pay plus advantages, plus work plus keep fight systems at a readiness level about par with at a marked savings over their active duty counterparts. The National Guard costs lower than the active duty force. In purchase to keep the significant amount of readiness when keeping fees low the National Guard relies about a little full-time staff of Federal civil service employees commonly well-known as dual-status technicians (DSTs). Over 48,000 National Guard dual-status technicians serve throughout the 54 states, territories, as well as the District of Columbia.
The system is nearing its 50th year inside existence, plus certain, including Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI), believe there are regions which might employ improvement. One of the issues Sen. Reed is worried with is the fact that technicians are frequently being denied the chance to reach full civil service retirement age. In a report that accompanied the authentic bill passed inside 1968, the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) prepared it obvious which technician work was meant to be “profession work, with retention of qualified technicians inside the military till age 60” (ref. SASC Report No. 1446, July 22, 1968, p. 12-13).
Two quite significant provisions inside Sen. Reed’s legislation deal with a technician’s ability to reach full retirement age. The initial provision might permit a dual-status technician to convert to non-dual status following 20 years of creditable technician service. The second might exempt technicians from being considered for involuntary separation by the Army/Air Force’s qualitative/selective retention board task.
In addition to retirement parity, Sen. Reed’s bill seeks to extend technicians the same due task rights afforded to different Federal employees beneath the law inside purchase to appeal plus find review of adverse personnel actions straight connected to their tasks because civilian employees.
S. 2312 furthermore contains provisions which LIUNA NGDC believes may conserve taxpayer’s income. One of the money-saving provisions seeks to close a loophole inside the law which allows Federal employees whom volunteer for Active Guard Reserve (AGR) duty to “double-dip” by permitting those to earn plus employ 120-hours of yearly military leave beneath 5 USC § 6323 throughout their period of activation. Cashing-in of the 120-hours is permitted by law despite that the associate volunteered for the tour plus despite the truth which inside the big most of instances the need for volunteering is the fact that AGR compensation is higher than their general civil service salary/wage. The annual savings to the National Guard, alone, are estimated to be regarding $ 10 million inside payroll plus $ 5 million inside Federal retirement advantages. The savings for the whole Federal staff can be greatly high.
Sen. Reed’s bill equally seeks 2 research. The initially is to determine whether it might create fiscal sense to let National Guard technicians the chance to engage inside the TRICARE Reserve Select (TRS) System. TRS is a comprehensive wellness insurance benefit accessible to all members of the National Guard plus Reserve. The policy’s individual premium is simply over $ 220 monthly for family coverage, that is (inside certain cases) upwards of 50% cheaper than a synonymous plan beneath the Federal Employee Health Benefit System (FEHBP). However, because National Guard technicians are qualified for FEHBP, they are legally disqualified from taking benefit of TRS.
The different research contained inside the bill seeks to locate out how much time Federal employees that are equally members of the National Guard are spending away off their civilian jobs every year inside purchase to fulfill military operational plus training specifications. The military ops tempo because 9/11 has located an unprecedented load about members of the reserves, forcing those to be missing off their civilian jobs for repeated periods of time plus length. The research seeks to capture how extended those absences are, plus what, when anything, ought to be performed regarding it.
Lastly, the bill seeks to enable technicians the possibility of getting either pay or compensatory time for periods of overtime worked. When the National Guard Technician Act was passed, it just enabled technicians to get compensatory time for hours of overtime worked at a one-for-one rate. This really is inside sharp compare to most additional Federal employees whom get the conventional overtime pay-rate of 1.5 (time-and-a-half). Sen. Reed’s bill seeks to enable technicians the possibility of getting either compensatory time or pay for overtime worked, much like additional Federal employees, nevertheless might retain the limit about which overtime compensation at the active one-for-one level, guaranteeing which the provision is cost neutral.
LIUNA NGDC—the Laborers International Union of North America’s National Guard District Council—is the best plus fastest-growing union of National Guard technicians inside the United States. LIUNA NGDC applauds Sen. Reed for introducing S 2312, plus encourages all technicians to contact their individual Member of Congress plus urge those to sponsor this legislation.
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