Government shutdown averted: wildland firefighters express relief

October 3, 2023

National Federation of Federal Employees supports the 45-day Continuing Resolution

Congress secures funding to protect federal employees’ pay

In a recent development, the National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE) has expressed its approval for the 45-day Continuing Resolution (CR) that was passed by Congress late Sunday night.

The news, providing relief to numerous federal workers, can be accessed in detail here.

National President Randy Erwin conveyed the collective sentiment of federal employees: “Federal employees across the country are relieved that Congress was able to reach a bipartisan agreement to fund our government and avert a shutdown.

“Approximately 1.5 million federal employees who were set to lose their pay can sleep easy knowing their income is not going to be cut off because Congress could not do its job.”

Wildland firefighters spared from potential pay cuts

Erwin further added: “I applaud House and Senate leaders for finding a way to get this done when a day ago a shutdown seemed unavoidable.

I am encouraged by the bipartisanship displayed today and hopeful that it will be more common going forward in this Congress.”

“We are very pleased to see the looming pay cliff for wildland firefighters has been averted for the next month and a half.

“We still desperately need a permanent fix on wildland firefighter pay, and we need it soon, but at least wildland firefighters can go to work tomorrow knowing their paycheck has not been cut in half.”

FSJA Comment

For Fire and Safety Journal Americas, this development underscores the significance of securing consistent pay for those who risk their lives for the safety of others, especially the wildland firefighters.

A stable funding mechanism from Congress ensures that these essential workers can continue their duties without the looming threat of financial instability.

While this temporary resolution offers short-term relief, it underscores the urgency for a permanent solution that adequately compensates wildland firefighters.

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