The Laborers International Union of North America’s National Guard District Council Endorses Sen. Jack Reed’s Legislation to Modernize National Guard Technician Program
"Technicians tend to be more knowledgeable, experienced, and cost effective than their less experienced and higher paid active duty counterparts. From a cost perspective, technicians may be one of the best kept secrets in all of
Technicians are a special category of Federal civil service employees. Their duties range from clerical to mechanical. Technicians maintain computer networks, handle pay and benefits, and operate and maintain combat systems at a readiness level on par with and at a marked savings over their active duty counterparts. The
The program is nearing its 50th year in existence, and some, including Sen.
Two of the most important provisions in
In addition to retirement parity,
S. 2312 also contains provisions that LIUNA NGDC believes could save taxpayer's money. One of the money-saving provisions seeks to close a loophole in the law that permits Federal employees who volunteer for Active Guard Reserve (AGR) duty to "double-dip" by allowing them to earn and use 120-hours of annual military leave under 5
The other study contained in the bill seeks to find out exactly how much time Federal employees who are also members of the
Lastly, the bill seeks to allow technicians the option of receiving either pay or compensatory time for periods of overtime worked. When the National Guard Technician Act was passed, it only allowed technicians to receive compensatory time for hours of overtime worked at a one-for-one rate. This is in sharp contrast to the majority of other Federal employees who receive a traditional overtime pay-rate of 1.5 (time-and-a-half).
LIUNA NGDC--the Laborers International Union of
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