Yesterday, Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) and Representative Gerry Connolly (D-VA) reintroduced the NTEU-supported FAIR Act, S. 2295/H.R. 4775, which would provide a 3% pay increase to federal employees in January 2019.
The average pay increase expected for the private sector in 2018 is 3%, as reported by multiple human resource consultancies. Providing federal workers a corresponding 3% pay raise in 2019 would also begin to help address the shortfall in pay over the past few years and help make the federal government a more competitive employer. Furthermore, numerous reports have recently stated that the administration is planning to issue a pay freeze for federal workers in January 2019, and this legislation rightly seeks to thwart that effort.
As you know well, in recent years the federal workforce has endured multi-year pay freezes as well as several years of below-market pay raises, and federal employees, like all other Americans, face rising food, utility, college, and health care costs. Federal employees, and their families, deserve fair pay and NTEU will fight to ensure employees receive a fair pay raise in 2019.
For more information, and to see what you can do, please visit the NTEU Legislative Action Center.