WASHINGTON – American Federation of Government Employees National President J. David Cox Sr. today issued the following statement:
“The Obama administration today announced that federal employees will receive an increase in their locality pay in January for the first time in six years. In addition, more than 102,000 employees will begin receiving larger locality payments in January under a major expansion of the locality pay system.
“While the locality increase is quite small, averaging 0.3%, this is a welcome recognition by the administration that federal employees have more than paid their share of helping to reduce the nation’s deficit and cannot endure another year of frozen wages.
“Congress must build on this momentum and provide all federal employees with a meaningful pay raise next year so the government can begin to close the widening pay gap between employees in the federal and private sectors, which now stands at 35%.”