AFGE blue-collar employee featured in Washington P

Categories: DoD, Pay, Budget, DEFCON, Wage Grade

“It’s like there are two separate governments and we don’t count.”

That’s what AFGE member Michael Turpin told the Washington Post to describe his current financial situation. Turpin, a father of four who works at Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington, is among 230,000 blue-collar employees who are facing the fourth consecutive year of a pay freeze.

“Our health insurance has gone up, our heating bills — everything but our paychecks. It’s like we’re an underclass of the federal workforce, even though we keep the government running,” Turpin said.

While white-collar employees in the General Schedule are receiving a 1 percent pay raise this year, Wage Grade employees have been left out in the cold. Luckily, Congress has inserted language into the omnibus spending bill that will extend the pay raise to Turpin and other blue-collar workers.

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