Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.)

Workforce

Connolly again offers pay hike bill

The Federal Adjustment of Income Rates (FAIR) Act would finance a pay increase for all feds at an average of 3.2%. If passed, the law would mandate an across-the-board increase of 2.2% and a 1% increase in locality pay.

The issue has become a perennial effort for the congressman, who is the House Government Operations Subcommittee Chairman. He and Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) introduced similar legislation in the past two Congresses, and Schatz is going to re-introduce the bill in the Senate soon.

"Federal employees have scapegoated for four long years," Connolly said in a statement about the bill. "They deserve better. The FAIR Act is a critical step towards recognizing their contributions and providing fair and just compensation."

The pay gap between private and public sector employees has also long been an issue. According to the latest Federal Salary Council statistics announced in fall 2020, federal employees make an average of 23.1% less than private sector counterparts.

The National Treasury Employees Union has endorsed the bill.

"An average 3.2% pay adjustment is essential in helping these middle-class workers keep pace with inflation and ever-increasing consumer costs," said NTEU National President Tony Reardon in a statement. "Federal employees deserve wages that pay the bills, send their kids to college, save for the future and help ensure they resist the temptation to leave for higher paychecks in the private sector."

Reader comments

Thu, Feb 11, 2021

Given the challenges faced by so many (no job, minimal unemployment payments, isolation, evictions, inability to keep up with monthly payments, daycare (if you do have a job that takes you out of the house), continuous mental strain, and more) - this is just inappropriate. I am blessed to have maintained my Federal job while so many others have lost theirs.

Fri, Jan 29, 2021

it's not so bad, I've been collecting a $110,000 a year federal pension for 15 years and I'm still in my 60's.

Thu, Jan 28, 2021

The last decent raise was under Carter. Regan, Bush, etc. all managed to give us a 0% increase.

Wed, Jan 27, 2021 clerk

Let be thankful that you all have a job. My pay got a little less this time. It would be nice if this pass through

Wed, Jan 27, 2021

Now that GS-1 (weed pullers) will be paid an add'l $4/hr to get them to $15/hr, I'm wondering if the rest of the GS scale rates going up as well. We'll need the increase to pay for the higher cost of EVERYTHING once hamburger-flipping high school dropouts start making $15/hr. Or maybe I'm wrong... now that college will be free - everyone will be in college on my dime. The insanity of it all would be hysterical if it weren't so pathetic.

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