Union praises President's pay raise parity move
- By FederalSoup Staff
- Dec 09, 2016
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.