February 25, 2019
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Legislative Week May 5th to 10th in Washington, DC
Join NFFE and the IAM for Legislative Week 2019 running from May 5th until May 10th. It’s the time of the year when the hallowed halls of Congress need to hear from NFFE members. Mark your calendars and start your airfare searches. 

For more information, see the Legislative Week 2019 registration and info page .    
NFFE Persistence in Congress Lands 2019 Pay Increase
The first pay increase victory for NFFE was in a Senate bill passed in the last congress, but the entire bill failed to become law. The second victory for the same pay increase came in January in the House, but the bill did not move in the Senate. The third and final victory for the 2019 pay increase came in February when the House and Senate agreed to a 1.9% pay increase within the funding agreement to prevent a second shutdown this year. 

The 1.9% represents a 1.4% across the board increase and a .5% increase to locality pay areas. This pay increase is retroactive to the beginning of the calendar year. It is our hope that the White House will quickly follow the law and initiate those back payments to employees, especially considering some employees are still awaiting backpay from the last shutdown.

There is no silver lining to a shutdown but the 35-day lapse in funding proved that many federal workers and their families still live paycheck to paycheck, rebuffing claims by anti-worker forces that feds are overpaid and over compensated. “What we witnessed clearly proved that it is time to address the 31% pay gap that favors the private sector,” stated NFFE president Randy Erwin. “If federal families seek foodbanks after one missed paycheck, something is very wrong with federal compensation with today’s cost of living.”
COLA Equity and First Responder Retirement Bills Reintroduced; Off to a Strong Start
NFFE petitioned to have three bills reintroduced that favor federal workers and first responders, and they are off to a strong start with leadership support in the House. The Equal COLA Act (HR 1254) achieves parity for cost of living increases for employees under the FERS system, match it to the CSRS system. The First Responder Fair RETIRE Act (HR 1256/S 531) enables workers with work-related disabilities to receive retirement benefits as if they had not been disabled. The Federal Firefighter Pay Equity Act (HR 1225) provides an enhanced computation of retirement benefits for federal firefighters. NFFE and its coalition partners are actively seeking cosponsors to all three bills to keep the momentum moving forward. 
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