Statement of John Gage, National President
American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE)
On Pay-Raise Victory for Federal Workers
Today the House Appropriations Committee confirmed, in a resounding bipartisan vote, what we've been saying all along: that the contributions of federal civilian and military personnel to our nation's general welfare and security deserve mutual recognition and respect. Thanks to the 2005 Hoyer-Wolf-Moran Pay Amendment to the Transportation, Treasury and Independent Agencies Appropriations bill, in a 42-16 vote, federal employees won a significant victory when the Appropriations Committee agreed that all workers in the federal government-whether blue- or white-collar, whether in the Department of Defenses, Department of Homeland Security or other agencies-deserve the same 3.5% pay increase as members of the military will receive in their basic pay.
Government employees provide our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan with supplies, and logistical and technical expertise. They were among the first to arrive on the scenes of destruction on September 11th, 2001. They also get the Social Security checks out on time, and take care of the medical needs of our veterans. Many of these employees are themselves veterans of the armed services and members of reserve and guard units.
Congressmen Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), Frank Wolf (R-Va.) and James Moran (D-Va.) are to be commended for taking the interests of the nation to heart by affirming the work performed on behalf of the American people.