Legislation Introduced to Give Federal Employees a 3.2% Pay Raise in 2018

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By on January 31, 2017 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA)

Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA)

Updated: 2/1/2017 5:32 AM EST

Legislation has been introduced in Congress to give the federal workforce a 3.2% pay raise next year.

The bill, known as the Federal Adjustment of Income Rates (FAIR) Act (H.R. 757), was introduced in the House by Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA). The proposed raise would give federal employees a 2% increase in their base pay and a 1.2% average increase in locality pay.

Connolly has been a proponent of higher raises for federal workers in the past. Around this time last year, for example, he introduced legislation to give federal employees a 5.3% raise in 2017.

The legislation arrives at the 3.2% figure by taking the difference between last year’s 5.3% request and what federal workers ultimately got in 2017 (2.1%). Connolly says this wage adjustment restores years of lost wage increases to federal employees.

In a statement on the legislation, Connolly said:

They’ve [federal employees] endured shutdowns and furloughs, attacks on pay and benefits, and an across-the-board hiring freeze. Their hard work was questioned. Now, thanks to the Armageddon Rule, even individual positions could be on the congressional chopping block.

This is no way to treat a workforce. The FAIR Act is a matter of justice. Federal employees work hard, serve honorably, and they deserve fair compensation.

Companion legislation has also been introduced in the Senate by Brian Schatz (D-HI). Both bills would give federal workers a 3.2% pay raise.

Schatz has introduced similar legislation in the past. Last March, for example, he followed Gerry Connolly’s lead and introduced a bill that would have provided a 5.3% pay raise for the federal workforce in 2017.

Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI)

Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI)

AFGE had also pushed for a higher pay raise in 2017, saying that federal employees should receive a 5.3% pay raise.

Despite the efforts of both lawmakers and the union, federal employees ultimately got an average 2.1% pay raise in 2017.

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