“Everything I’m seeing at this particular point in time suggests that the federal personnel will get off relatively easily” in the current fiscal cliff debate, said Lester. “But in the long run there’s probably going to be very significant caps on spending, and those caps will eventually bite and they probably will play out in terms of early buyouts and all those things that agencies usually do.”
AFGE’s Cox, however, is undaunted.
“We certainly will be working very hard against that,” he said. “We don’t need a race to the bottom in this country.”