National President Dougan: "Federal Workers Deserve a Pay Adjustment that Actually Reflects the Cost of Living"

Friday, May 23, 2014

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Washington, D.C. – Following the introduction of S. 2397 yesterday, introduced by Senator Schatz (D-HI) and Senator Cardin (D-Md.), 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 S. 2397 and commends Senator Schatz and Senator Cardin for their support of the federal workforce. S. 2397 would provide federal employees a much-needed 3.3 percent pay adjustment instead of the President’s woefully insufficient one percent adjustment proposed in his budget earlier this year. This bill is a welcome counterpart to the Federal Adjustment of Income Rates (FAIR) Act, introduced in the House by Congressman Connolly in March,” Dougan said.

“It is encouraging to see more members of Congress stand up each day and publicly recognize the sacrifices that federal employees have made in recent years. With the current pay disparity between federal and private sector employees at 35 percent and growing, the federal workforce needs a significant kick start in order to recruit and retain the qualified workforce federal agencies need to do the business of the American people. As the cost of living increases for all Americans, federal employees have been left behind with stagnate wages. A 3.3 pay adjustment is a step in the right direction to account for the increased cost of living over the past years. Federal workers deserve a pay adjustment that actually reflects the cost of living,” 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. 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 S. 2397 and 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.

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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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