National President Dougan Issues Statement on 0.5% Pay Increase Proposal for FY 2013

Friday, January 6, 2012

Contact: Cory Bythrow, Communications Director
Phone: (202) 216-4458


Washington, D.C. – In response to recent reports suggesting the White House will propose a 0.5% federal pay increase in FY 2013, National Federation of Federal Employees National President William R. Dougan issued the following statement:


“Just days after federal employees entered the second year of a two year pay freeze, we are pleased to see that the Administration has decided to reward their hard work and sacrifice by lifting the freeze in 2013. Although we would have preferred a larger increase as prescribed by law, it is nonetheless a welcome development that the magnitude of federal employees’ sacrifice in recent years is being acknowledged. In the face of continued attacks on federal workers from Republicans in Congress and conservative pundits in the media, this comes as a breath of fresh air for all those who serve their country every day.”


Scott P   01/10/12 5:34 pm
While a 0.5% increase is better than nothing, it's still much less than inflation so we continue to lose ground financially. Over the next 15 to 20 years, the pay freeze will cost the average employee tens of thousands of dollars in earned wages. What's most disturbing however, is the lack of accountability for the folks who are responsible for the current fiscal mess the country is in. There are too many unjust inequalities, from Congressmen not making similar financial sacrifices as other Feds (elected or not, they're still on the payroll...AND most of them are in the 1%), to a flawed tax system, to a lack of justice for the criminals who fraudulently mismanaged the financial institutions. The bottom line is the middle class is getting stomped on, and there's not enough being done about it. DON'T TREAD ON ME.

Dianna   01/09/12 1:09 pm
Should our President and Congressman be making finical sacrifices also?
With our Federal Government trying to cut costs why is it that our President and Congressman are not making cuts in their benefits, as well. Why they are not required into a retirement plan? Why are they allowed to get retirement payments for life with only serving one term in office? Why are they not putting into law that they will not be receiving any pay raises? Just some questions that everyone should be thinking about.

Kathy Moe   01/09/12 8:11 am
I don't understand how they can make a pay frezze for everyone. It is much harder for family to make it at $25,000 or $50,000. I have one girl in college and one that is a recent college grad and it is a struggle at at $52, 000. I can forget about retirement! even with a $25,000 buy out ! What they should have done was give a pay increase to employees on the lower end of the pay spectrum. If you want to stimulate the economy give a pay increase to employees at the lower end of pay sectrum we will spend it just to live.

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