Wildland Firefighters have health benefits – Good news from the National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE)

Brothers and Sisters,

As you know, your union has long been an advocate for extending benefits to temporary seasonal federal employees. We are proud to announce that yesterday, in response to NFFE’s nationwide campaign to expand health care to wildland firefighters, President Obama announced he will offer this critical benefit to these brave workers and their families.

This is a great day for the more than 8,000 wildland firefighters and their families who will no longer have to fear bankruptcy when being injured off the job, or if their child gets sick. This is the purest example of why all Americans deserve a union advocate to ensure they have access to basic rights, affordable health care, and a decent wage.

But our work does not stop here. Thousands of temporary seasonal employees outside of the firefighting profession still toil without access to basic health insurance. This is a historical injustice that must come to an end.
NFFE is working closely with the White House, the Office of Personnel Management, and Congress to ensure that ALL temporary seasonal employees get the just remuneration they have earned.

Be proud today, brothers and sisters. You just made the world a better place.

In Solidarity,

Cory Bythrow
Communications Director

About oklahomafed

Greg Guthrie has held positions at the US Department of Commerce, Library of Congress and the World Bank, taught the course ‘Environmental Issues in the Mediterranean” at Georgetown University where he wrote his thesis: “Labor Unions: Champions of Social Justice”, which has been cited, among others, in Labor Law Journal, and in the book ‘ American Labor: A Documentary Collection’ Ed. by Melvyn Dubofsky and Joseph A. McCartin. Palgrave Macmillan, 2004. Currently, he is with the National Technical Information Service (NTIS) of the US Department of Commerce. He has been a guest on the radio program, Georgetown University Forum, where he has spoken on the virtues of Organized Labor. He is a native Oklahoman.
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