Historically, the Financial Services and General Government appropriations bill includes language on the General Schedule and Wage Grade pay raise, although in recent years, the bill has remained silent on a federal employee pay adjustment, allowing the administration’s proposed pay amount to be implemented. However, the administration has proposed a pay freeze for federal workers in January 2019, thereby requiring congressional action to ensure a pay raise. This subcommittee measure does not include language setting a federal employee pay increase for 2019, so unless subsequent congressional action is taken later in the appropriations process, the President’s pay freeze for 2019 would go into effect. Against the backdrop of a proposed civilian pay freeze, the White House has proposed a 2.6% pay raise for the military for 2019. The subcommittee funding measure still must be voted on by the full House Appropriations Committee, followed by the House of Representatives.
According to the Federal Employee Pay Comparability Act, federal employees should be receiving a 2.1% pay increase before locality pay is added, in January. Ongoing pay trends in the private sector marketplace point to an average base pay increase of 3% for private sector workers in 2018. NTEU has worked with Representative Gerry Connolly (D-VA) and Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI), to introduce H.R. 4775 and S. 2295, the Federal Adjustment of Income Rates (FAIR) Pay Act, calling for a 3% pay increase in 2019 for federal workers covered by the General Schedule and Wage Grade systems. NTEU will continue to press lawmakers to provide a decent pay raise to deserving federal employees, who have already suffered from pay freezes and small pay adjustments in recent years.
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