Union: 13 new pay localities to launch in 2016
- By FederalSoup Staff
- May 26, 2015
New pay localities will be established in 13 metropolitan areas in January 2016, a federal employee union reported.
According to a post on the American Federation of Government Employees website, the union "received assurances" at a May 22 meeting with Office of Management and Budget Deputy Director for Management Beth Cobert that locality pay would be expanded to 13 more cities. The changes means that feds in those metro areas would begin receiving salaries based on labor market conditions in those localities.
The 13 cities are: Albany, N.Y.; Albuquerque, N.M.; Austin, Texas; Charlotte, N.C.; Colorado Springs, Colo.; Davenport, Iowa; Harrisburg, Pa.; Kansas City, Mo.; Laredo, Texas; Las Vegas, Nev.; Palm Bay, Fla.; St. Louis, Mo.; and Tucson, Ariz.
AFGE noted that the President’s Pay Agent—an advisory group consisting of the secretary of labor and the directors of OMB and the Office of Personnel Management—had tentatively approved establishment of the new localities in May 2013, but the administration failed to act on that approval at the beginning of 2014.