WASHINGTON – American Federation of Government Employees National President Everett Kelley today issued the following statement in response to the reintroduction of the Federal Adjustment of Income Rates (FAIR) Act by Rep. Gerry Connolly (Virginia) and Sen. Brian Schatz (Hawaii):
“On behalf of the 700,000 federal employees AFGE represents, I thank Congressman Connolly and Senator Schatz for their leadership on the issue of federal pay.
“The latest report of the Federal Salary Council shows that federal worker pay lags behind the private sector by over 23% – making it difficult for agencies to recruit, hire, and retain top talent and hurting the quality of services Americans receive.
“The 8.7% pay increase included in the FAIR Act will not only reward federal employees’ hard work and help them keep pace with inflation, but it will also help government agencies remain competitive and deliver high-quality services to the American public. We wholeheartedly endorse this legislation.”