Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA) and Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) Thursday reintroduced the Federal Adjustment of Income Rates (FAIR) Act, a bill that would provide federal employees with a 3.6 percent pay increase in 2020. Connolly and Schatz introduced similar legislation last Congress.
Last week, the House passed legislation that would provide federal employees a 2.6% pay increase for the remainder of 2019. While a companion bill was introduced in the Senate, it has not yet advanced in that chamber.
“Federal employees are patriots, not pawns. Yet for 35 days the federal workforce was held hostage by the President,” Connolly said. “We have a responsibility to make sure these public servants know that we respect the dignity of their work. The FAIR Act is a demonstration of our commitment to reversing years of pay freezes, furloughs, and Trump Shutdowns.”
“The shutdown was insult on top of injury. For years federal workers in Hawai‘i and across the country have watched their earnings get cut as a result of sequestration and a freeze on pay. Then they had to suffer through the longest government shutdown in history. It’s time to do right by federal workers,” said Senator Schatz. “Our bill would help give these public servants the raise they deserve.”
Employee Groups Praise Proposal
“AFGE thanks Congressman Connolly and Senator Schatz for their leadership in introducing the FAIR Act,” said AFGE National President, J. David Cox. “From the shutdown to union-busting executive orders to his efforts to freeze salaries, federal employees have taken a beating. It’s time to show them that America appreciates their hard work and dedication and nothing says that more clearly than a decent pay raise. The 3.6% is well-deserved and our nation can well afford it.”
“Representative Connolly’s and Senator Schatz’s legislation to provide frontline federal workers a 3.6 percent pay raise in 2020 is a smart step towards helping the federal government compete with the private sector for talented employees,” said National Treasury Employees Union President Tony Reardon. “Federal employees have endured several years of pay freezes and raises too small to keep up with the cost of living. NTEU strongly endorses their bill as a way to help the federal government close the wage gap with the private sector and recruit and retain the highly skilled workers our country needs.”