Congress enacted 5 U.S. Code (U.S.C.) 8336.6(c) retirement benefits for federal law enforcements and fire fighters due to the hazardous nature of the occupation. When an employee in one of these positions is injured on the job and no longer able to perform the duties of their position, they may be placed in a non-6c covered position. When this happens they lose their 6c retirement system, they lose the additional contributions they’ve made to the 6c system, and they are moved from a 20 year length of service retirement path to a 30 year length of service retirement path – the last after the Forest Service has already broken them.
Last year, your Union brought this issue to the attention of Congress. The NFFE-Forest Service Council was back in the halls of Congress again in May 2017, to continue the fight to fix this injustice.
This kind of ongoing engagement can be the difference between things getting done and things languishing on the back burner. It pays to have a union on your side. It pays to have union representatives in Washington, DC. This is just one example what your dues pay for. If you are a dues-paying member, thank you for your support. If not, please consider joining today to support this kind of work.
To permit disabled law enforcement officers, customs and border protection officers, firefighters, air traffic controllers, nuclear materials couriers, members of the Capitol Police, members of the Supreme Court Police, employees of the Central Intelligence Agency performing intelligence activities abroad or having specialized security requirements, and diplomatic security special agents of the Department of State to receive retirement benefits in the same manner as if they had not been disabled.
NOTE: a link to the bill will be posted as soon as it is available.
Your FSC representatives have asked Congress to redeem the commitment to these employees. See our 2017 briefing paper.
Stay tuned for actions you can take to further this legislative effort. As a citizen of the United States, you have the right to contact your congressional representatives to let them know how you feel about various pending legislation; whether you would like them to support or oppose.
Visit House.gov or Senate.gov to find the contact information and location of your representatives' offices.
Call or visit, on your own time and with your own equipment, and let them know you want them to co-sponsor S 29 and HR 3303.