Federal Employee Groups Renew Push for 5.3% Pay Raise

A group is pushing for support for a 5.3% pay raise for federal employees in 2017.

The Federal-Postal Coalition sent a letter last week to Congress encouraging support for a 5.3% pay raise for federal employees in 2017.

Legislation was introduced earlier this year that would give the federal workforce a 5.3% pay raise next year, and the letter was asking lawmakers to co-sponsor the bill. Brian Schatz (D-HI) introduced the bill in the Senate, and Gerry Connolly (D-VA) introduced it in the House.

President Obama has proposed a 1.6% pay raise for federal workers in 2017. As of the latest development in the federal pay process, this raise is yet another step closer to becoming a reality, however, it won’t be know for certain until August if the 1.6% pay raise is confirmed by the White House. For details, see Another Step Toward a 1.6% Raise in 2017.

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