(Washington)—The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) today praised the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee for Transportation, Treasury, and Housing and Urban Development for including in its FY06 bill a 3.1 percent pay raise next year for federal civilian employees, which brings the civilian raise to parity with military personnel.
"Since President Bush proposed a pay raise of only 2.3 percent for federal civilian employees but 3.1 percent for military personnel, AFGE has worked long and hard trying to convince members of Congress that the contributions of federal civilian and military personnel to our nation's general welfare and security deserve mutual recognition and respect," said AFGE National President John Gage. "And now, the Senate Subcommittee has confirmed what we've been saying all along.
"AFGE's legislative team, lobbyists, and grassroots activists worked vigorously to make this happen. But this isn't just a victory for the union. It's a victory for all federal employees—blue or white collar, Department of Defense or Department of Homeland Security," Gage added. "Thanks to the subcommittee mark of the FY06 Transportation-Treasury Appropriations bill, federal employees are a step closer to getting the same pay increase that members of the military will receive in their basic pay.
"Chairman Christopher "Kit" Bond (R-Mo.) and Ranking Democrat Patty Murray (Wash.) are to be commended for taking the interests of the nation to heart by affirming the work performed on behalf of the American people," Gage said.
The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) is the largest federal employee union, representing 750,000 workers in the federal government and the government of the District of Columbia.