Bill for fed pay raise advances in Senate

The Senate Appropriations Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee on June 19 approved a 1.9 percent pay raise for federal employees in fiscal year 2019, FCW reports.

The White House fiscal year 2019 budget has a number of workforce cuts, including a proposal for a civilian pay freeze, the article notes, adding that unions are applauding the advancement of the bill.

The full committee will review the bill on June 21, according to the article.

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Mon, Dec 10, 2018

Hey, the President just did the usual, make a promise and back out of it when no one is looking.

Wed, Jun 27, 2018 Jason Miles Fullerton, CA

1.9% is nothing. If you work in the state of California with its 13% tax rate, its amounts to maybe $50 per month. Big deal. Two weeks worth of gas. Meanwhile someone at Google gets a 25K pay raise and gets two Hawaiian vacations. There is not THAT MUCH of a disparity between what I do and what they do at work. I am working 20 hours per week free because we are understaffed. It's just that they work for a company that works for profit, and when their stock increases they have a larger labor budget. The federal govt isn't in the business of creating profit for stockholders. It is not a private company. The labor budget is what is. God bless our unions. They are heroes. Not saying that working for google is easy. There's pressure, and it's easier to get canned. But the disparity between what I get and they get is far too great to justify the amount of bashing that goes on with federal workers. We deserve 5% pay increases minimum, so long as you aren't a goof off. I am totally in favor of firing bad employees, but my place of work doesn't have any.

Wed, Jun 27, 2018 Henrietta Cupertino, CA

I love all these negative views toward the unions. Most of the people who make the big money with the feds are not even covered by them!! Managers and supervisors receive zero union protection. The ones at my job are often working 70 hour weeks, and don't get paid for it like they do for a private firm. They only get comp time, which they can never use. Very few federal govt workers are covered by unions. Do you realize that federal govt workers outside the beltway have seen nothing but pay cuts the past 10 years? If I can't get enough of a so-called pay raise to pay for the rise in my health insurance premiums, that is a pay cut. A pay raise is something that allows you buy something you normally wouldn't buy, like a new used car. If we didn't have our unions, I would probably have to go on food stamps. There is a faulty public assumption that every federal employee is some consultant earning 600K on the beltway. The average federal worker is really averaging 35K like I am in a high cost of living state. And I work my butt off. I could make a lot more money elsewhere doing what I do, but with the severe medical conditions I have, I need union protection to ensure a 40 hour work week. I can handle the stress of working for an IT company

Tue, Jun 26, 2018

1.9 percent pay raise realty out of touch. Schumer, Pelosi, Ryan, Warren and all the cast of idiots thanks for doing little to nothing. 1.9% will go along way! Also the union bloats have done nothing other than take dues for their bloated salaries and benefits.

Mon, Jun 25, 2018 Larry Harris Arkansas

It is still not enough. 1.9% is barely enough to cover for the yearly increase in health insurance premiums. A real pay raise is one that allows you to buy a couple of things you normally wouldn't be able to buy. The old pay and cola increases we used to get allowed for that.

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