Union seeking 3.5% pay raise for feds in 2021
- By Sherkiya Wedgeworth
- Jan 27, 2020
The American Federation of Government Employees is already looking ahead for next year and is urging Congress to give federal employees another pay raise in 2021.
Noting U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data that indicates federal salaries fall behind those in the private, state, and local government sectors, pay disparities between hourly and salary workers, as well as the hardships faced by government shutdowns and other pay issues, AFGE contends that a 3.5 percent pay raise is well deserved.
“…that workforce deserves a pay raise that allows them to take care of themselves and their families,” said AFGE National Secretary-Treasurer Everett Kelley,” said, adding that the raise would also help to recruit and retain a high-quality workers.
According to AFGE, the 3.5 percent amount reflects a combination of the full across-the-board pay increase provided for in the market-comparability law of 2.5 percent, plus an additional 1 percent to be distributed across various localities.
Meanwhile, January brought in the biggest pay raise for servicemembers since 2010, with an average 3.1 percent bump in salary.
Congress approved that pay boost in December with strong bipartisan support.