REP. WEBER INTRODUCES THE "PAY OUR CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS FAIRLY ACT"
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Washington, October 27, 2021 | Lisa Reynolds (202-412-2010)
Washington, D.C. - Wednesday, October 27, 2021. U.S. Rep. Randy Weber (TX-14), joined by Reps.
President Biden officially proposed a 5.2% average pay raise for both civilian federal employees and military service members next year as part of his fiscal 2024 budget plan released Thursday.
The figure marks an increase over the 4.6% pay hike feds received in 2023, and would be the highest proposed pay hike federal workers have seen since the Carter administration implemented a 9.1% average pay increase in 1980. The budget documents released Thursday do not specify what portion of the raise will be dedicated to across-the-board increases in basic pay, although traditionally presidents have set aside 0.5% of an overall pay raise figure for average boosts in locality pay.
The White House highlighted the pay raise as part of its effort to ensure the federal government is “equitable, effective and accountable” and betters delivers services to the American people by helping agencies compete for talent.
“Federal agencies are focused on attracting more people to federal service over the long term, while also addressing immediate agency hiring needs to rebuild capacity,” administration officials wrote. “[The] budget provides an average pay increase of 5.2% for civilian and military personnel—and answers the president’s call for agencies to lead by example in supporting federal worker organizing and collective bargaining.”
A federal appeals court on Tuesday ruled that U.S. Bureau of Prisons employees cannot sue over the government’s denial of hazard pay benefits in connection with their work during the COVID-19 pandemic. In a 10-2 decision by the full U.S.
AFGE Local President James Byrd and Legislative Coordinator Thomas Moore met with Pineville Mayor Rich Dupree regarding the low staffing levels at FCC Pollock. Among the discussion of the staffing shortage they also asked if the Mayor would write a letter of support for the 25% recruitment and retention incentive for all staff at Pollock. Mayor Dupree extended his support for Pollock and submitted a letter to the Director, the Office of Personnel Management and the Department of Justice. We have attached the letter Mayor Dupree wrote on our behalf. We want to thank Mayor Dupree for his support.
The head of the federal prisons agency said in a recent internal memo that although the agency has had “tremendous” staffing increases, overall nationwide staffing levels are “trending downward” and he would like to reverse that in the coming months.