Legislation has now been introduced in the U.S. Senate by Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) that would provide federal employees on the General Schedule and Wage Grade pay systems with a 5.3% pay increase effective January 2017. S. 2699, the Federal Adjustment of Income Rates (FAIR) bill is cosponsored by Senators Mikulski (D-MD), Cardin (D-MD), and Brown (D-OH), and is similar to Representative Gerry Connolly’s (D-VA) legislation (H.R. 4585) in the House.
While the President’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget request proposed a 1.6% pay raise for calendar year 2017, NTEU believes a 5.3% pay adjustment is appropriate given the recent pay situation at federal agencies, and the growing pay gap when compared to private sector wages in a recovering economy. After three years of no raises, followed by the last three years of tiny pay increases and five consecutive years of no increases in locality pay rates, with some employees being forced to take unpaid furlough days, it is simply fair for federal employees to receive a significant pay raise in 2017.
NTEU strongly supports S. 2699 and H.R. 4585, and is making the case for a real pay increase for the federal workforce. Despite continued calls on Capitol Hill for pay limitations and new restrictions on performance-based awards, federal agencies are facing growing competition from private sector employers, and must be able to properly compensate workers.
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