National President Dougan: The President Needs to Stand Up and Lead by Example

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Contact: Drew Halunen, Communications Coordinator
Phone: (202) 216-4458

Washington, D.C. – Following last night’s State of the Union Address, William R. Dougan, National President of the National Federation of Federal Employees, the oldest federal employee union representing 110,000 federal workers throughout the U.S., issued the following statement:

“NFFE supports the President’s move to raise the minimum wage for federal contractors to $10.10. While the raise is noteworthy, federal hourly workers are not included. The President needs to stand with all federal workers, not just federal contractors. In hospitals and military bases across this country, there are hourly federal employees being left out of equitable pay. After a lengthy fight to receive pay adjustment parity with salaried federal employees, hourly federal employees are constantly left behind,” Dougan said.

“The President needs to stand up and lead by example. As he presses for raising the minimum wage, he must also ensure that federal hourly employees receive the exact increase he advocates for. We believe that raising the minimum wage for federal hourly employees is the low-hanging fruit, and the President can demonstrate his dedication to raising the minimum wage by doing so,” Dougan said.

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Established in 1917, the National Federation of Federal Employees is the oldest union representing civil service federal employees.  NFFE represents 110,000 federal employees in 35 departments and agencies government-wide, including the majority of federal wildland firefighters. NFFE is affiliated with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, AFL-CIO. For more information, go to

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