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IFPTE Responds to proposed 1% federal pay raise

IFPTE President, Gregory Junemann, issued the following response to today’s news that President Obama will propose a 1% federal employee pay raise in his Fiscal Year 2015 (FY15) budget:

“After three straight years of pay freezes that just ended with the start of 2014, multiple furlough days due to sequestration, a federal government shutdown, and attack after attack on federal employee pensions, IFPTE is disappointed that the Obama Administration is once again proposing a meager 1 percent pay raise for our nation’s federal workers. That recommendation does not even keep up with inflation, which stands at 1.6% over the last year. With half of our nation’s civil servants now considering retirement in the coming years it is both irresponsible and foolhardy to think that the federal government will be able to retain and attract the talent it needs to continue to properly serve the taxpayers. IFPTE believes that the pay raise should be between 3 percent and 4 percent – a message that we will be taking to Capitol Hill this year.”

IFPTE Western Federal Area Vice President, Lee Stone:

“Over the last three years when federal workers were experiencing pay freezes, federal contractors were typically receiving 2 to 3 percent COLAs each year. This demonstrates that this whole issue is not about deficit reduction, but rather about scapegoating federal workers.”

IFPTE Eastern Federal Area Vice President, Gay Henson:

“Shortchanging federal workers will do little in the way of boosting morale and enhancing the federal government’s reputation as an ideal place to work. We look forward to working with lawmakers on Capitol Hill from both sides of the aisle to get this corrected.”

IFPTE is a labor union representing upwards of 90,000 workers in the federal, public and private sectors.

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