Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) said the 3.3 percent pay raise will help balance out years of pay freezes. (Mike Morones/Federal Times) (Mike Morones/Federal Times)
Federal employees would receive a 3.3 percent pay raise in 2015 — more than triple the 1 percent given in 2014 — under legislation introduced May 23 by a pair of Democratic senators.
Senators Ben Cardin, D-Md., and Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, introduced the Federal Adjustment of Income Rates in part to offset years of pay freezes, pension contribution increases and sequestration.
“Hardworking federal employees did not cause our fiscal crises nor did they contribute to the legislative gridlock, but time and again they have been asked to pay the heaviest price toward a resolution,” Cardin said in a press release.
Schatz said Congress should support the hard work and dedication of federal employees by giving them a raise that will help offset some of the hardship they have endured.
“They deliver our mail, care for our veterans, protect our environment, and help keep us safe,” Schatz said. “Our federal employees bore the brunt of the sequester, enduring furloughs and a three-year pay freeze. Our bill would give these working families a raise they deserve.”
Colleen Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, said the legislation would help federal pay get back on track.
“We appreciate Senator Schatz and Senator Cardin introducing this bill to provide a fair pay raise for federal employees in 2015 and will work to garner support for it,” Kelley said.
J. David Cox, president of the American Federation of Government Employees, said the bill would help agencies recruit and retain high caliber federal workers.