FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 29, 2001

Magda Lynn Seymour
Diane S. Witiak
(202) 639-6419

AFGE-Authored Legislation Would Correct Problems with the Federal Wage System

Categories: Washington, D.C. , DoD , Press Release

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1. Guarantee wage grade workers an annual pay raise;
2. Lift the caps on blue-collar pay increases;
3. End the discriminatory practice of paying Department of Defense (DoD) wage grade employees less than their counterparts in VA by restoring Monroney requirements to DoD;
4. Simplify the data collection and administration of the Federal Wage Schedule; and,
5. Transfer responsibility for data collection from DoD to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

“The salaries of many lower-graded, blue-collar federal employees are just above the poverty level. Some qualify for food stamps,” said Harnage. “Many cannot afford the premiums to cover themselves and their families in the federal government’s health insurance program.”

“This bill would rectify flaws in the current pay-setting system for federal blue-collar workers and ensure that they have a chance at a decent standard of living,” added Harnage. “AFGE urges the House to pass the reforms called for in H.R. 1262—it’s time we treated these employees with the respect and dignity they deserve.”

The American Federation of Government Employees, AFL-CIO, is the largest union for government employees, representing 600,000 federal workers in the United States and overseas, as well as employees of the District of Columbia. AFGE represents over 140,000 blue-collar federal employees. To learn more about AFGE, go to www.afge.org.


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