National President Dougan: Raising Morale Will Improve Service to Americans

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Washington, D.C. – Following the introduction of the Federal Adjustment of Income Rates (FAIR) Act earlier this afternoon, 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 strongly supports the Federal Adjustment of Income Rates (FAIR) Act, introduced today by Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA), joined by Congressmen Jim Moran (D-VA), Elijah Cummings (D-MD), John Tierney (D-MA) and other House members,” Dougan said.

“With the President proposing a woefully insufficient one percent pay adjustment in his budget earlier this month, it is encouraging to see members of Congress step up and try to address the serious damage done to the federal workforce in recent years by pay freezes and cuts to retirement. Given all that federal employees have sacrificed in recent years, a 3.3 percent pay would be a reasonable step in the right direction. With the current pay disparity between federal and private sector employees at 35 percent and growing, the federal workforce needs the FAIR Act to be passed. If not, federal agencies and departments simply will not be able to recruit and retain the qualified workforce they need to do the business of the American people,” Dougan said.

“After all that federal workers have sacrificed in the name of deficit reduction in recent years, federal employees are becoming increasingly unhappy with their federal employment. I fear we are reaching a tipping point with the federal workforce. Now more than ever, we genuinely hope members of Congress understand the importance of addressing the dwindling morale of federal employees. Raising morale, through legislation like the FAIR Act, will allow the government to recruit and retain top-tier candidates, which results in better services to the citizens of our country,” Dougan said.

“NFFE is proud to call Congressman Connolly an ally and a friend of federal employees, and we call on Congress to stand with federal employees and support the FAIR Act,” 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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