The House and Senate Committee on Appropriations on January 13 announced the release of the 2014 fiscal year spending bill that grants Wage Grade (WG), or blue-collar employees, the same one percent increase that General Schedule (GS) employees were already set to receive. This legislation affects 200,000 WG federal employees scattered across the country working for a variety of federal agencies including the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense among others.
NAGE last week called upon Congress to take necessary steps to ensure all federal employees were treated fairly by ensuring they receive the same pay increase.
Upon release of the spending bill, NAGE National President David J. Holway stated “I want to thank Senate Chairwoman Barbara Milkulski, Ranking Member Richard Shelby, as well as House Chairman Hal Rogers and Ranking Member Nita Lowey for reaching a bipartisan agreement that provides blue collar federal employees a much needed increase.” He added, “This bipartisan agreement is one step toward restoring the American people’s faith in federal politics and is a major achievement. Coming to a bipartisan resolution on this appropriations bill sets an example for other lawmakers on Capitol Hill to compromise on difficult issues in the future.”
The appropriations bill is scheduled to come to votes in the House and Senate this week and will likely make it to President Obama’s desk immediately after it passes both chambers.