Following the President’s letter last week to formally implement the January 2019 federal employee pay freeze as called for in his Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 budget request released to Congress in February, over 150 Members of Congress are sending letters in support of providing federal workers a pay increase in 2019.
As you know, under the Federal Employee Pay Comparability Act (5 USC 5303) federal employees should receive a 2.1 percent pay raise in January 2019, prior to any amount being provided for locality pay rate increases. Military personnel are currently slated to receive a 2.6 percent pay adjustment in January, and for many years Congress acted on the principle of pay parity as these individuals often work side-by-side and in support on one another’s federal missions. While the President has called for a pay freeze, Representative Gerry Connolly (D-VA) and Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) have introduced the Federal Adjustment of Income Rates (FAIR) pay legislation, H.R. 4775 and S. 2295, which provides a 3 percent pay adjustment for 2019 for federal workers covered by the General Schedule and Wage Grade systems, and the Senate-passed FY 2019 FSGG appropriations bill, which is part of H.R. 6147, would provide federal workers on average a 1.9 percent pay increase in January.
On Wednesday, eight members from Maryland, Virginia, and D.C., led by Representative Connolly (D-VA), sent a letter to House and Senate leadership asking that federal workers be provided a pay increase of at least 1.9 percent. Today, Representative Scott Taylor (R-VA), has sent a bipartisan letter, with 23 signatures, to the President asking that he reconsider canceling the federal civilian employee pay raise set to go into effect January 2019. Further, Representative Jamie Raskin (D-MD), has announced a letter being sent to House and Senate leadership, with over 150 signatures, asking them to support the Senate-passed 1.9 percent pay increase. All final letters as of today are attached for your review.
NTEU will continue to work with members of the House and Senate to secure a pay increase for 2019. I am heartened by the bipartisan congressional efforts to provide federal employees a pay raise in January. To learn more, please visit the NTEU Legislative Action Center