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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.

Reader comments

Thu, Feb 6, 2020

Post the names of senators and congressional representatives that have been behind the freeze in federal pay and reductions in benefits. This way the federal employees know what hot air they spew and make an attempt to vote them out of office at election time. Also it would be interesting to see what pay raises the congress and senate provide themselves along with their bonuses and perks provided by special interest groups.

Fri, Jan 31, 2020

They pat themselves on the back when they are all complicit inn voting for pay freezes and benefit reductions over the years especially during the Obama administration. Get real and stop patting yourselves on the back. Any consideration for the retirees who served this nation as civil servants.

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