February 1, 2019
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NFFE Supports and House Passes 2.6% Increase for Feds in 2019
NFFE worked closely with Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) to get a bill passed through the House quickly this week that affords federal workers a 2.6% annual increase, topping the 1.9% increase passed by the Senate last year but died at the end of the congress. Given what was witnessed during the 35-day government shutdown, it is more obvious than ever that federal workers are underpaid, many living paycheck to paycheck.

Twenty-nine Republicans joined all Democrats in voting for the bill. A handful of Republicans questioned the pay increase, stating that across-the-board increases reward bad performers as well as good, failing to understand that across-the-board pay increases are meant to keep pay rates in synchronization with inflation. Adverse actions are meant to address poor performers and workers accused of violations of ethics, regulation or law. The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.

Senate Majority Leader Fights Against Another Shutdown, Pushes for Agreement with House
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) strongly urged the Senate and House to come to an agreement on funding before the current Continuing Resolution runs out on February 15th. McConnell is allowing Senate and House conferees fairly wide latitude to arrive at an agreement in an effort to prevent another partial shutdown in two weeks.

A conference committee of 17 lawmakers from both parties in the House and Senate are meeting with regularity, demonstrating a much different tone between chambers and parties since the end of the 35-day shutdown. The White House remains an unknown factor if a compromise is reached in Congress. Few are willing to take bets on a response from the president.    
NFFE FLSA Lawsuit Continues; Workers Can Still Opt-In 
NFFE’s FLSA case will continue despite the shutdown ending. The government remains liable for the FLSA violation and compensatory damages despite excepted employees receiving backpay. Employees can still continue to opt-in now even though the shutdown is over. If you are covered by the FLSA and worked during the shutdown, please join the lawsuit by visiting  www.sniderlaw.com/shutdown and opting in.   
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