AFGE Urges Lawmakers to Oppose Pay Freeze Proposal

"It will do nothing but create operational and morale problems in federal agencies and programs, and impoverish the already modestly-paid federal work force," Moten wrote.

Freezing federal wages causes particular hardship for the more than one million federal workers who earn less than $70,000 annually. Starting salaries for VA nursing assistants, correctional officers, mine inspectors and countless other occupations are below $40,000, and they can ill afford to have their pay frozen for the next two years as President Obama proposed on Nov. 30.

"A pay freeze singles out for economic pain working and middle class Americans who have dedicated their lives to public service – often in dangerous occupations," Moten wrote.

The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) is the largest federal employee union, representing 600,000 workers in the federal government and the government of the District of Columbia.

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