Federal employees in Burlington, Vt., and Virginia Beach, Va., are one step closer to getting a locality pay raise.
During a Nov. 6 meeting, the Federal Salary Council adopted proposals pushed by AFGE to add the two regions as their own pay localities in 2017. The pay gaps in both areas have been more than 10% above the Rest of U.S. locality zone for the past three years.
They would join more than 102,000 employees who will begin receiving larger locality payments in January under a major expansion of the locality pay system. Thanks to AFGE’s persistent advocacy, a total of 13 new metropolitan areas are receiving their own pay localities in January, while 70 counties are being added to existing areas.
The newest addition was approved at the Nov. 6 meeting, when the council voted to add Berkshire County, Mass., to the newly established Albany-Schenectady, N.Y., pay locality beginning in January, the culmination of 11 years of effort by the Federal Executive Association of Western Massachusetts.
AFGE President J. David Cox Sr., who sits on the council along with AFGE Public Policy Director Jacque Simon, encouraged employees to remain persistent in their fight for better locality pay.