A message from the head of the union that represents most Social Security employees:
President Trump announced yesterday that he would increase defense spending by $54 billion and cut non-defense discretionary spending by the same $54 billion.
Non defense discretionary spending is currently $666.7 billion. A cut of $54 billion is 8.1%.
SSA has informed the union that they will be forced to furlough the SSA workforce for 5 days for every 1% cut in its administrative budget.
If Trump succeeds in reducing non-defense discretionary spending by $54 billion equally to all non-defense agencies, SSA will have to furlough SSA employees for 8 weeks or 40 days. This would be an across the board pay cut of 15.4%. In addition, SSA's ability to process the public's work would collapse.
We have the fight of our lives ahead of us.
Witold [Skwierczynski, union president]