NTEU calls for pay parity in raises
- By FederalSoup Staff
- Nov 09, 2017
The National Treasury Employees Union is calling on Congress to give civilian federal employees a 2.4 percent pay raise in 2018, which is what military members received in the 2018 National Defense Authorization.
The current proposal only give civilians a 1.4 percent raise with a 0.5 percent adjustment for locality pay rates.
“[T]he administration’s proposal is inadequate and does not keep up with what forecasters say will be an average 3 percent pay hike for private sector wages in 2018,” an NTEU press release states.
According to the group – which represents 150,000 employees at 31 federal agencies and departments – under the formula prescribed in the Federal Employees Pay Comparability Act, the federal pay raise should be the Employment Cost Index figure minus a half percent.
The administration’s plan is offering ECI minus one percent for the across-the-board portion of the raise.
“Federal employees’ paychecks have still not caught up after several years of pay freezes and below-standard raises, and parity with the military raise is a step in the right direction,” NTEU said in the statement.
Last year NTEU successfully lobbied for federal workers to receive a 2.1 percent raises for military and non-military workers in 2017, up from the original 1.6 percent proposal for civilians.