National President Dougan:

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

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

Washington, D.C. – Following reports that the President will propose a one percent pay increase for federal employees in his upcoming budget, 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:

“The President’s proposed one percent pay adjustment for federal employees in 2015 is woefully insufficient to account for the significant decrease in real wages that federal employees have suffered in recent years,” Dougan said.

“Because of the three years of pay freezes federal workers endured from 2011-2013, followed by a meager one percent adjustment in 2014, federal employees now make an average of 35 percent less than private sector workers performing the same jobs. Morale is in the toilet. We believe a majority of federal workers are looking to leave the federal government or retire. After all that federal workers have sacrificed in the name of deficit reduction over the last few years, a one percent adjustment in 2015 would be woefully insufficient,” Dougan said.

“For NFFE, our next step is to work with Congress to close the pay gap that severely impedes the federal government from being able to recruit the best and brightest into the federal workforce. Historically, it is very common for Congress to reject the president’s request on the federal pay adjustment and increase the amount of the pay adjustment for federal workers, and we will be aiming to make that happen again this year. The need for an adequate pay adjustment that will do something to close the ballooning pay gap has never been as essential as it is now. We cannot keep squeezing federal workers and expect our government to continue to function, much less function optimally. In order to maintain an innovative and efficient federal workforce, somewhat comparable compensation must be offered, and right now it is not. We genuinely hope members of Congress will understand the need to do something about this problem this year,” 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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John   03/04/14 1:29 pm
How can the President offer a wage increase to Federal Contractors and then ignore Federal workers the same consideration. After all Davis Bacon protects contract workers wages if there is a problem with contract wages it falls on the contractor not the government.

Eddie Kennedy   03/04/14 12:19 pm
1 percent pay raise
I keep hearing about the 1 percent pay raise that everyone got. I'm a WG 5 and have not seen any raise/cola yet.

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