(Washington) – The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) which represents workers in 75 federal agencies today asks President Obama to reconsider the proposed 2 percent pay raise limit for federal workers in 2010.
AFGE National President John Gage said, “Federal employees work diligently to provide public services, especially when our nation is in crisis. As the demand for public services increases, the federal government must have the ability to retain and recruit the highest quality personnel.”
For decades, AFGE has argued for parity in civilian-military pay adjustments and in favor of market comparability. And, as the federal government moves to address the myriad of challenges facing our nation, federal employees will be called upon to meet the needs of the American people.
“AFGE members know that these are tough economic times, but the Obama Administration and Congress need to recognize the value of federal workers who care for our veterans, support troops fighting in two wars, protect our borders, help senior citizens and other Social Security recipients, guard violent and dangerous inmates in federal prisons, and provide services in dozens of other agencies working to turn this economy around,” concluded Gage. “The unwillingness to provide pay parity and to limit civilian pay raises to just 2 percent sends the wrong message to workers who have believed in President Obama’s promise to honor public service.”