Union praises President's pay raise parity move

A day after President Obama announced a 0.5 percent increase in pay for federal civilian employees, the nation’s largest federal employee union released a statement commending the move.

“This pay adjustment will help employees pay their bills, reduce their debts, and cover the everyday costs facing working-class Americans,” American Federation of Government Employees National President J. David Cox Sr., said. “Federal employees certainly deserve this modest boost in their pay, following years of pay freezes and miniscule increases that have left them worse off today than they were at the start of the decade,” he added.

Late Dec. 7 in a “surprise move,” President Obama increased the 2017 pay raise to 2.1 percent, up from the 1.6 percent he had already proposed earlier this year.

The president reconsidered his original plan after pressure from AFGE, other unions as well as members of Congress who expressed concern that the civilian pay increase should match that of the military personnel, which was already set for 2.1 percent.

AFGE has been fighting for federal workers to be made whole after years of financial sacrifice, and this action is a step in the right direction,” Cox said. “I’m especially thankful for the lawmakers who urged President Obama to take this action and for our activists who kept the pressure on them.”

According to the release, Cox said AFGE already is working with to introduce legislation that would give a larger pay increase for 2018.

Reader comments

Mon, Jan 2, 2017 John NJ

As a retiree, I received a .3% raise. To just keep up with inflation, the COLA for SS and retirees should have been around 5%. In 1992, under Clinton, the way that the CPI was calculated was changed to severely reduce Social Security and retiree COLA's. The 2016 inflation, if calculated by 1990 CPI standard was over 5%. Check out http://www.shadowstats.com/ and you will learn how we have fared through the years.

Wed, Dec 28, 2016

Give yourself a pay raise! Stop paying union dues.

Tue, Dec 27, 2016

One question how much did the union executives get as a COLA? I imagine it must be pretty good! Unions are needed to protect decent hard working employees but the unions have sold out and I imagine dues keep going up for their members over the years. The union folks should do something rather than talk a lot say and get out there and get results.

Sat, Dec 24, 2016 Leah Wallace Utah

Wut happining

Tue, Dec 20, 2016

I think the union representatives have no idea what a decent cost of living increase should be along with those who are voted into office. They are so out of touch from the reality world. They talk the talk and talk adds up to nothing worth while.

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