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Fair RETIRE Act (Fair Return for Employees on Their Initial Retirement Earned), S-29
Allow permanently sick or disabled Firefighters to keep special retirement coverage
Official Time Reform Act of 2017, HR 1364
Any day where 80% of work day is spent on Union representational duties would not count toward retirement
PAGE Act (Promote Accountability and Government Efficiency)
Make all Government employees "at will" with no appeal rights, forfeit pensions for felony convictions, eliminate all Union official time. This Bill has not yet been re-introduced into the 115th Congress
Federal Firefighters Fairness Act (Presumption), H.R. 1884
Creates presumptive legislation for certain types of cancer and disease linked to firefighting duties.
Federal Firefighter Pay Equity Act H.R. 4729
Change our retirement calculation to include our regularly scheduled overtime This Bill has yet to be re-introduced into the 115th Congress
Federal Firefighters Flexibility and Fairness Act, H.R. 1363
Will allow increased flexibility regarding trade time agreements
Federal Firefighter Pay Equity Act Introduced in the House
Updated On: Apr 25, 2010

H.R. 3186 proposes to fix the flawed method in which our retirement pay is calculated. As we all know, our 38 hours of "OT in Tour" that we work each pay period is not calculated in our retirement pay. We work the hours throughout our careers but because those hours are labelled "overtime" they have never been factored into our retirement. If, and hopefully when, this bill gets signed into law, those hours will be factored into our retirement pay calculation and we will see a significant increase in our retirement pay. Contact your local representatives (through the link on this website) and urge them to support H.R. 3186!!!

Federal Firefighter Pay Equity Act (Introduced in House)
HR 3186 IH
1st Session
H. R. 3186
To provide for the more accurate computation of retirement benefits for certain firefighters employed by the Federal Government.
July 13, 2009
Mr. CONNOLLY of Virginia introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

To provide for the more accurate computation of retirement benefits for certain firefighters employed by the Federal Government.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
This Act may be cited as the `Federal Firefighter Pay Equity Act'.
(a) Findings- Congress finds that--
(1) certain firefighters employed by the Federal Government are required by law to work a regular tour of duty consisting of 72 hours per week;
(2) 19 of those 72 hours per week are considered to be overtime hours for purposes of computing pay;
(3) the pay computed for those 19 overtime hours each week are not accurately accounted for when computing such firefighters' retirement benefits; and
(4) those inaccurate retirement computations have led to reduced retirement benefits for Federal firefighters.
(b) Purpose- The purpose of this Act is to correct the manner in which retirement benefits for Federal firefighters are computed so as to account for pay earned for regularly scheduled overtime hours during a normal tour of duty.
(a) In General- Section 5545b of title 5, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:
`(e) For purposes of any determination of `average pay' under section 8331(4) or 8401(3), in the case of a firefighter who is subject to subsection (b), the rate of basic pay in effect for such firefighter for a year of creditable service (or, in the case of an annuity under subsection (d) or (e)(1) of section 8341 or under chapter 84 based on less than 3 years of creditable service, for any other period of creditable service) shall, in addition to the amount determined under subsection (b) for such year (or other period), include an amount equal to one-half the firefighter's basic hourly rate (as computed under subsection (b)(1)(A)) for such year (or other period) times the number of overtime hours included as part of such firefighter's regular tour of duty during such year (or other period).'.
(b) Conforming Amendments- Sections 8331(4) and 8401(3) of title 5, United States Code, are amended by striking the semicolon at the end and inserting `, subject to section 5545b(e);'.

The amendments made by this Act shall apply with respect to any annuity, entitlement to which is based on a separation from service occurring after the end of the 60-day period beginning on the date of the enactment of this Act.

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