Another piece of good news for federal workers! A bill has been introduced in the House of Representatives to give federal workers a 3.2% pay raise next year.
The Federal Adjustment of Income Rates (FAIR) Act was introduced by Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), chairman of the House Subcommittee on Government Operations. A companion bill will be introduced in the Senate by Sen. Schatz (D-HI).
AFGE applauds the lawmakers for recognizing federal workers’ contributions to our country.
“Federal employees work hard every day to serve our veterans and active duty military, protect our skies and borders, provide relief to victims of natural disasters, and ensure the safety of our food, air, and water. During the past year, AFGE members have continued to serve the public amidst a global pandemic that has claimed the lives of more than 400,000 Americans, including thousands of their coworkers,” said President Everett Kelley.
“AFGE thanks Congressman Gerry Connolly and Senator Brian Schatz for reintroducing the FAIR Act. This legislation will not only help restore living standards of federal employees to pre-recession levels, but it will also assist in the recruitment and retention of a high-quality federal workforce,” he added. “It will also show federal workers how much they are valued and respected for the work they do, the hardships they have endured, and the steadfast loyalty they have demonstrated to the American people and the rule of law during these past four years.”
The proposed raise follows a 1% adjustment that federal employees received this year despite the previous administration’s support for providing workers with no raise. AFGE looks forward to working with Congress to ensure its passage this year.