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For Federal Workers, a Fiscal Cliff Deal Carries Dangers

Brendan Smlalowski/Bloomberg News
Over the past couple of years, as Washington has lurched from fiscal crisis to fiscal crisis, federal employees have seen their salaries and benefits targeted for budget savings.

“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.”

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