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NTEU: 3.5 percent raise would help 'address the shortfall'

The National Treasury Employees Union—like other major federal employee unions—is endorsing the 3.5 percent pay hike for 2021 currently offered by pending legislation in Congress.

The Federal Adjustment of Income Rates (FAIR) Act—with chief sponsor Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) in the House and Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) in the Senate—would “raise the standard of living for thousands of middle-class families across the country,” NTEU said in a press release.

“Sen. Schatz and Rep. Connolly have been advocates, year in and year out, of helping our nation’s civil servants be able to pay their bills, invest in their children’s education and save for retirement,” Tony Reardon, NTEU’s president, said. “Our members will be fully engaged in the effort to pass this bill into law and give federal employees the ability to keep doing what they love: serving the public.”

“Federal employees are honored to have in their corner Sen. Schatz, Rep. Connolly and all of the cosponsors of the FAIR Act, who understand that a modest pay raise would go a long way toward recruiting and retaining highly skilled professionals in the federal workforce,” Reardon added.

The union noted that a recent Federal Salary Council report found that federal employees earn nearly 27 percent less, for comparable work, than their private-sector counterparts.  The report follows several previous FSC reports that arrived at a similar conclusion.

“A 3.5 percent pay increase in 2021 would help address this shortfall,” the union said.

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