The House has reported all 12 of its annual appropriations bills out of committee and has so far passed six of the bills on the House floor. The Senate has introduced its own versions of each bill, which likely will be considered during conference with the House.
AFGE is urging Congress to pass these bills before the current fiscal year ends Sept. 30 although it is likely at least one short-term continuing resolution will be needed.
The appropriations bills include several of our priority issues, including:
President Biden sought a 4.6% pay increase for federal employees next year – which would be the largest pay raise in 20 years. The bills left intact the president’s plan for a 4.6% raise.
The Senate included language in its appropriations bill banning future “Schedule F” designations that would make federal employees at-will, subject to the whims of political appointees, and revive the long-ago rejected spoils system.
- TSA pay and Title 5 rights
Both the House and Senate appropriations bills include funding to move the Transportation Security Administration to a General Schedule-like pay system, which will result in roughly a 30% pay increase for most Transportation Security Officers. The two bills differ in when the pay provisions would be enacted, but it is important progress for improving pay for front-line TSOs and expanding collective bargaining and merit systems protection rights.
- Railroad safety inspectors
Language in the appropriations bill would require the Federal Railroad Administration to review the classification of railroad safety inspectors, represented by AFGE, in anticipation of moving them into higher paying positions.