President Biden’s 2022 budget calls for a 2.7% raise for federal workers, but AFGE is asking the president and Congress to increase the raise to 3.2% to compensate for losses over the past decade.
On average, federal workers are underpaid by 23% compared to those doing the same jobs in the private sector and state and local government.
We’re asking the administration and Congress to support the modest 3.2% increase included in the Federal Adjustment of Income Rates (FAIR) Act, which was introduced in both the House and Senate earlier this year.
Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., who introduced the FAIR Act in the House, urges the president to do more.
“The president’s budget is great progress towards the goal of competitive compensation for our federal workforce and a clear recognition of the important work federal employees have done throughout the pandemic,” the Virginia lawmaker and staunch supporter of federal workers told reporters. “However, these public servants have endured years of pay freezes and attacks from the previous administration. If we are going to recruit the next generation of public servants and be competitive with the private sector, Congress must pass the FAIR Act and give federal employees a 3.2% raise.”