“Tell the federal employees your proposal,” added Harnage. “This is the public’s business, the taxpayers’ money and federal employees’ livelihoods—we have a right to know.”
Why is Bush not revealing the numbers for federal pay increases? AFGE can deduce from his totals that he has no plans to honor the Federal Employees Pay Comparability Act (FEPCA), signed into law by his father in 1990. The law requires the President justifies deviations from that law and Bush has not only failed to do so in his budget document, but refuses to do so at all.
Has Bush assumed parity between the adjustments to civilian and military pay? That has been the tradition in 17 of the last 20 years. The budget announces a pay adjustment for the military of 4.6 percent. How can it be that the military knows the President’s proposal for pay, while civilians do not?
AFGE, representing 600,000 federal workers, is the largest federal and D.C. employees union in the United States. Go to www.afge.org and learn more about AFGE.