NARFE Issues Statement in Response to Senate Appropriations Committee’s Inclusion of Federal Pay Raise in FY19 Appropriations Bill

June 19, 2018

“Today, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved a 1.9 percent pay raise for federal employees in 2019. This modest, yet much-deserved raise for America’s hardworking, middle-class federal employees is welcome. Federal employees endured a three-year pay freeze from 2011-2013, setting back the federal community for years and furthering the gap between public- and private-sector pay. Since the pay freeze ended in 2014, federal employees experienced low pay raises, increased retirement contributions without any added benefit and continued attacks on their earned pay and benefits. This reasonable raise is an investment that will maintain and strengthen the federal workforce, making the federal government more competitive with the private sector.

“NARFE expresses its gratitude to the Committee, and in particular to Sens. James Lankford and Chris Coons, for recognizing the dedication of our nation’s public servants in a time of economic prosperity and rising private sector wage growth. Approval of this modest raise by the full Congress would prevent the President from implementing a pay freeze in 2019, an intention he has stated. A pay freeze demonstrates disdain for public service and diminishes the value of the dedicated work that federal employees perform on behalf of the American people.

“According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Employment Cost Index (ECI), private sector wages and salaries increased by 2.6 percent in the previous 12-month period. Historically, this figure has been the basis for adjustments to federal pay scales. Earlier this year, the Federal Salary Council found that federal workers make 32 percent less than their private-sector counterparts.”

 
 

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NARFE (National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association) 606 N. Washington St., Alexandria, VA 22314, Phone: (703) 838-7760, Fax: (703) 838-7785.

 

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NARFE Issues Statement in Response to Senate Appropriations Committee’s Inclusion of Federal Pay Raise in FY19 Appropriations Bill

June 19, 2018

“Today, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved a 1.9 percent pay raise for federal employees in 2019. This modest, yet much-deserved raise for America’s hardworking, middle-class federal employees is welcome. Federal employees endured a three-year pay freeze from 2011-2013, setting back the federal community for years and furthering the gap between public- and private-sector pay. Since the pay freeze ended in 2014, federal employees experienced low pay raises, increased retirement contributions without any added benefit and continued attacks on their earned pay and benefits. This reasonable raise is an investment that will maintain and strengthen the federal workforce, making the federal government more competitive with the private sector.

“NARFE expresses its gratitude to the Committee, and in particular to Sens. James Lankford and Chris Coons, for recognizing the dedication of our nation’s public servants in a time of economic prosperity and rising private sector wage growth. Approval of this modest raise by the full Congress would prevent the President from implementing a pay freeze in 2019, an intention he has stated. A pay freeze demonstrates disdain for public service and diminishes the value of the dedicated work that federal employees perform on behalf of the American people.

“According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Employment Cost Index (ECI), private sector wages and salaries increased by 2.6 percent in the previous 12-month period. Historically, this figure has been the basis for adjustments to federal pay scales. Earlier this year, the Federal Salary Council found that federal workers make 32 percent less than their private-sector counterparts.”

 
 

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NARFE (National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association) 606 N. Washington St., Alexandria, VA 22314, Phone: (703) 838-7760, Fax: (703) 838-7785.

 

This is the only website that reflects the official opinions and positions of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE). Opinions and/or positions that appear on any other site bearing NARFE's name or seal are not necessarily those of NARFE. Click here for Privacy Statement.   NARFE has been certified by Dun & Bradstreet.