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Federal employee unions blast proposed 1 percent pay increase

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Federal employees unions are criticizing President Obama's proposed 1 percent pay raise for civilian employees this fiscal year, calling it a "disgrace."

"Federal workers are in danger of slipping from the middle class," said National Treasury Employees Union President Colleen Kelley during the group's annual legislative conference.

NTEU is calling for a 3.3 percent pay raise.

American Federation of Government Employees President David Cox Sr. said in a Feb. 25 statement that the 1 percent raise is "a pitiful amount."

AFGE wants federal workers to see a 4 percent raise in fiscal 2015.

"The administration punished federal workers in order to endear itself to those who despise the federal workforce, and it didn't work," Cox said.

Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) told NTEU members the proposed 1 percent federal pay raise is too low and that he plans to hold a hearing to examine how to raise the morale of federal employees.

Tester, who chairs the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee subcommittee on efficiency and effectiveness of federal programs and the federal workforce will hold the hearing sometime in late April or early May, spokesman Dan Malessa said. The hearings could result in legislation, he added.

Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuletta didn't address the proposed pay increase during her Feb. 28 turn at the NTEU conference podium, but did say Obama's fiscal 2015 budget proposal would include measure to improve federal employee training and expanding training ideas governmentwide.

For more:
- go to the NTEU press release
- go to the AFGE statement

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