The administration’s fiscal 2015 budget blueprint proposes reversing the damaging trend of underfunding key agencies and calls for needed investments in federal employee training. While applauding the budget’s call to invest in federal agencies, NTEU President Colleen M. Kelley again expressed her disappointment with the proposed 1 percent pay raise for federal civilian employees in 2015. “Given the three-year pay freeze and the 1 percent increase for this year, the amount proposed for 2015 will keep federal workers at an economic disadvantage compared to their private sector counterparts,” she said. The proposed funding increase for the Internal Revenue Service contained in the administration’s fiscal 2015 budget is a small first step in reversing serious budget cuts at the agency that collects the vast majority of the government’s revenue.
NTEU is strongly supporting a House bill (H.R. 4306) that would provide a 3.3 percent pay raise for most of the federal workforce in 2015. The White House has proposed a 1 percent raise for next year. NTEU President Colleen M. Kelley called the measure “a welcome and needed step toward getting federal pay back on track.” The bill was introduced by Rep. Gerald Connolly (D-Va.) and cosponsored by Rep. James Moran (D-Va.), Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), Rep. John Tierney (D-Mass.), Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-Pa.), Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, (D-N.M.), Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.), Rep. C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.) and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.).President Kelley called for a 3.3 percent increase at the union’s Legislative Conference in February based on the Employment Cost Index and the formula for federal pay raises outlined in federal law.The Federal Adjustment of Income Rates (FAIR) Compensation Act would impact the pay of those covered under the General Schedule and Wage Grade Pay Systems. In a statement, Rep. Connolly called federal employees “the heart and soul of our federal government.” In a letter of support, President Kelley emphasized that “federal employees did not cause the budget deficit, but they have been asked to try to address it almost single-handedly.
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