Legislation has been introduced in the House of Representatives by Representative Gerry Connolly that would provide federal employees on the General Schedule and Wage Grade pay systems with a 5.3% pay increase effective January 2017. H.R. 4585, the Federal Adjustment of Income Rates (FAIR) bill would provide these employees with a 3.9% across-the-board pay raise, plus a 1.4% adjustment designated for increasing locality pay rates. The legislation was introduced with 32 original cosponsors.
As you may recall, the President’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget request proposed a 1.6% pay raise for calendar year 2017. However, we know that after three years of no raises, followed by the last three years of minuscule pay increases, plus five consecutive years of no increases in locality pay rates, federal employees have been left trailing their private sector counterparts when it comes to pay. In fact, using the relevant private sector wage data from the Department of Labor’s Employment Cost Index, private industry wages increased 10.6% on average over these last six years.
NTEU recognizes that there are forces on Capitol Hill and elsewhere that will continue to push for further federal employee pay limitations—including advocating for pay freezes and for limiting performance-based awards. However, NTEU is making the case that federal employees need to be provided with pay raises that ensure federal agencies can employ professional, skilled workers who are charged with administering our nation’s laws and complex programs—particularly during a healthy national job market. NTEU supports H.R 4585, and NTEU members who participated in our 2016 Legislative Conference have been on Capitol Hill this week making the personal case with their legislators to support a fair pay raise for 2017.
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