The Civil Service Commission is working on legislation that would make it possible for President Carter to make good his promise to government workers that nobody will take either a pay or grade cut because of reorganization.
Consolidations and shake-ups of agencies will mean jobs will be abolished and downgraded. At the moment, there is nograde protection for workers hit by such actions. They can have their salary protected for two years, but they lose their grade in the process.
Legislation before the House would protect the pay and grades of federal workers hit by no-fault domotions resulting from internal agency job audits. That bill, outlined here April 27, would not protect the grades or salaries of employees whose jobs were changed by reorganization.
Rep. Robert N. C. Nix (D-Pa.), who wrote the no-fault demotion insurance bill, concluded that it would be too difficult to broaden it to protect employees from reorganization-related demotions. Congressional aides say it is up to the White House to come up with a legislative plan to give job insurance protection for reorganizations Carter is pushing. CSC is working on a bill that would grant that salary and grade protection.
Election Rerun: The Civil Service Commission has ordered the American Federation of Government Employees union local at the Labor Department to rerun its June, 1975, election of officers. A CSC investigation of claims by disgruntled union members concluded that there were enough irregularaties in the balloting and vote counting to warrant the highly unusual order for the exercise to be run again. But it will be under the supervision of CSC's legal office this time.
Russell Binion, a Grade 14 assigned to the Office of Federal Contract Compliance is president of the AFGE local. It has broken new contractual ground at the department and also had its share of problems with both management and within the union. Just what will happen if Binion - who won the June, 1975, election and was reelected last year - loses the 1975 election in 1977 is unclear.
Two Good Joes: The Federal Executives League will have its third annual meeting Saturday to talk about the state of the government's top career managers. Two main speakers are WMAL congressional reporter Joseph McCafferey, and Joseph D'Amico, head of Civil service Commission's bureau of executive personnel.
FEL couldn't have put together a better team than McCafferey and D'Amico to tell what's happening on Capitol Hill and "downtown " in the executive branch of government. Non members are welcome at the session. Call 785-4536 or 632-7316 today to make reservations.
Blue-Collar Caucus: Capitol Hill's newest special interest coalition is made up 11 Democrats and two Republicans who formerly held jobs as pipefitters, postal clerks and janitors. One-time housepainter Rep. Edward Beard (D-III) is chairman.
Rep. Gus Yatron (D-Pa.) was admitted to the new caucus although he technically was-as a professional boxer - in a profession that doesn't use white or blue collars.
Secretary Opening: Federal Service Impasses Panel has a Grade 7 or 8 ($11,523 or $12,763) for a secretary (typing). Call Mr. Arnold at 632-6880.
Edward T. Kreiner will step down as executive director of the Maryland Classified Employees Association on June 15. The MCEA, headed by Salvatore A. Serio Jr., is the largest public employee group in the state and bargaining agent for most employees.
National Association of Letter Carriers says Congress should dump the present management setup of the U.S. Postal Service. It wants the power to appoint the Postmaster General to be returned to the President (subject to Senate confirmation), and it wants the board of governors (who now name the PMG) abolished.
NALC chief J. Joseph Vacca and other postal leaders are furious with the USPS, which is moving ahead with a proposal to abolish Saturday delivery and raise postal rates.
The reduction of service to five days a week was recommended by a blue-ribbon presidential-congressional panel as a way to cut costs and hold down stamp prices. The move probably would cost 20,000 to 30,000 postal jobs, which has upset unions representing the 600,000 postal employees. Vacca says it is inexcusable that the USPS has begun to move ahead on a Congress and the White House.
Some people think the threat to eliminate Saturday service (which has been a postal ploy for more than 30 years) is merely a pawn to force Congress to up the mail-moving corporation which - since it has been run as a business - has repeatedly raised rates while ordering controversial service cutbacks.
Clerk-Stenos: Commoditise Futures Trading Commission has Grade 4 and 5 openings, and wants a part-time Grade 9 through 11 position classifier. Call 254-3275.