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Message From NARFE President Richard G. Thissen

Contact Congress about a Federal Employee Pay Raise
NARFE members should continue to contact their members of Congress about the president’s proposed federal employee pay freeze and urge their lawmakers to support a pay raise through the FY19 appropriations process. Click here to easily contact your legislators using NARFE’s Legislative Action Center.
Lawmakers are already beginning to speak out on the issue, with Sen. James Lankford, R-OK, chairman of the Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management, saying after a recent hearing, as reported by GovExec, that he doesn’t believe a pay freeze “gains us anything.” Lankford followed up that statement by noting that the pay freeze could hurt federal recruiting efforts.  
Federal workers experienced a three-year pay freeze in 2011-2013, setting the federal community behind and increasing the gap between public- and private-sector pay. This three-year freeze cost federal employees $98 billion over 10 years in lost wages. An additional pay freeze would cost the federal community billions more and impact annuity calculations for those nearing retirement.

Make Your Voice Heard in Congress
Members should dial NARFE’s toll-free number (1-866-220-0044) and use this call script to ask their representative to reject any cuts to the earned pay and benefits of federal workers and retirees. Your benefits have been earned and cutting them in retirement goes back on a fundamental promise made to those who dedicated their working lives for the public good.