Survey Highlights Sequester's
Toll on Federal Workers
While sequestration will undercut seriously the ability of federal agencies to serve the public, that is only part of the severe human toll it will take on dedicated middle class federal employees.
An NTEU survey of its members facing the likelihood of unpaid furloughs even as their pay remains frozen for more than two years reveals grave concerns about making ends meet, going further into debt, delaying medical treatment, facing difficulty in paying for child care, school tuition and other educational expenses. More than 2,200 NTEU members answered the survey.
The NTEU survey showed some of the effects on federal agencies of reduced budgets in recent years: two-thirds said they see a hiring freeze; nearly eight in 10 said employees who leave are not being replaced; 48 percent said critical work is not getting done, while another 68 percent said their agency lacks the resources to complete their missions properly.
As for personal consequences, the survey revealed that because of the ongoing pay freeze, nearly three in four respondents have had to cut back on necessities; two-thirds are having trouble making ends meet; 60 percent are getting further into debt; nearly 30 percent have had to seek loans or assistance to pay their bills; and four in ten said they have delayed medical treatment to save money. Read more and get the NTEU survey results.