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(WASHINGTON)—Federal employees could get a 3.5 percent pay increase in the next fiscal year, thanks in large part to efforts by the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), the nation’s largest union of federal employees. The pay raise was approved in a bill passed by the House Financial Services Appropriations Subcommittee, which, at AFGE’s request, also reportedly included important reforms to the privatization process. Those reforms likely would be similar to those in legislation recently approved by the House Armed Services and Senate Appropriations committees that restructures the process of privatizing federal jobs, something that often is done at taxpayer and federal employee expense.
AFGE applauds the bipartisan effort led by House Financial Services Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Jose Serrano (D-N.Y.) for the 3.5 percent increase. “As federal employees face unprecedented staff shortages and budget shortfalls, we can now take heart that this Congress is taking action to show support for the men and women who provide vital government services for American taxpayers,” AFGE National President John Gage said. “Further, we salute Chairman Serrano for his leadership on the privatization issue and we look forward to working with him to protect and build on provisions to reform the Bush administration’s wholesale privatization agenda.”
“AFGE urges the House Appropriations Committee to support this language that will provide federal employees with the pay they deserve and the job protections they need to perform their duties,” AFGE Legislative and Political Director Beth Moten said.