Legislative Concerns Regarding Federal Employee Pay

Feeling hungry or sick? Food and Drug Administration employees help ensure the safety of food and new medicines. NTEU, National Treasury Employees UnionIn recent years, FDA employees have suffered from an erosion in compensation stemming from the three-year pay freeze in 2011, 2012, and 2013, followed by below‐ market 1% pay raises in both 2014 and 2015, and this year’s meager 1.3% average adjustment. 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. Additionally, from 2011 through 2015, FDA employees received no increase to locality pay rates, which are designed to reduce existing pay gaps between private and federal jobs by geographic area. Calendar year 2016 represented the first time in six years that locality pay rates were increased (by approximately 0.3%). Continue reading “Legislative Concerns Regarding Federal Employee Pay”

Welcome Dr. Califf, our new FDA Commissioner

Robert M. Califf, M.D., Commissioner of Food and Drugs
Robert M. Califf, M.D., Commissioner of Food and Drugs

NTEU Chapter 254 welcomes Dr Califf to the helm of FDA and looks forward to working with him to create stronger labor-management relations and better consumer protection as a result of increased employee morale.

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Legislation Introduced in House to Provide a Fair Federal Employee Pay Raise in Calendar Year 2017

houseofrep232wayLegislation 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. Continue reading “Legislation Introduced in House to Provide a Fair Federal Employee Pay Raise in Calendar Year 2017”