NFFE Applauds Committee Move to Grant 3.9% Pay Increase for Federal Workers

Thursday, June 26, 2008


Contact: Randy Erwin, Legislative Director

Phone: (202) 257-0948


Washington, DC – Yesterday, the House Appropriations Committee approved the Fiscal Year 2009 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill.  Included in the bill was language that would give civilian federal employees a 3.9 percent average pay raise for FY09.

The pay raise is 1 percent higher than the increase proposed in the Bush Administration’s annual budget proposal to Congress.  In February, the White House called for a 2.9 percent increase for civilian workers and a 3.4 percent adjustment for military personnel for FY09.  NFFE and other federal unions have asked Congress for at least a 3.9 percent increase and pay parity with military personnel.

“This increase shows Congress is being realistic about what it takes to recruit and retain a capable and talented federal workforce,” said Richard N. Brown, NFFE National President.  “This increase is not going to eliminate the pay gap between the federal and private sectors, but it is a fair one-year increase.”

Each year, after Congress passes the federal employees’ pay adjustment, the President’s Pay Agent makes a determination on what portion of the pay raise will go toward a base increase for all federal workers and what portion will go toward locality pay. 


Established in 1917, the National Federation of Federal Employees is the oldest union representing civil service federal employees.  NFFE currently represents 100,000 federal employees government-wide.  NFFE is affiliated with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. 

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