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Subject Top federal worker unions: Biden pay raise good, but not enough
Date September 6, 2022 9:47 AM
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Top federal worker unions: Biden pay raise good, but not enough

Labor Photos: Area labor turns out at Greenbelt Labor Day Parade

Gallup poll: pro-union support highest since 1965

Labor Quote: Marty Walsh

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Top federal worker unions: Biden pay raise good, but not enough

The nation's two top federal worker unions, the Government Employees (AFGE) and the Treasury Employees (NTEU), call Democratic President Joe Biden's proposed 4.1% across-the-board raise next year for the nation's two million federal workers good--but not good enough. Both unions and others support legislation introduced early this calendar year by Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., and Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, for an across-the-board 5.1% hike.

"The 4.6% pay raise by President Biden will represent the largest pay adjustment for federal employees in 20 years," said AFGE President Dr. Everett Kelley on September 1. "However, in order to bring federal salaries close to market rates and compensate for the recent surge in inflation, more must be done." Kelley's 4.6% figure includes 0.5% hikes in "locality pay" for high-cost areas, The locality pay hikes do not cover all federal workers, 85% of whom live and work outside the metropolitan Washington-Baltimore-Virginia area.

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Gallup poll: pro-union support highest since 1965

Public support for unions has hit its highest point since 1965, the Gallup Organization's annual poll says, as respondents approve of unions by a 71%-26% margin, with the rest undecided. That ties the 1965 figure of 71% support, Gallup reported. Then, 19% of the public opposed unions, with the rest undecided. The all-time records in the union support-opposition poll, which started in 1936, were 75%-18% in 1953 and 75%-14% in the first of three surveys in 1957. The rest of the respondents were undecided.

AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler lauded the results, which she said reflect the facts on the ground, in increased enthusiasm and organizing. That's been especially true among low-wage exploited workers. "After a year of victorious strikes, record union election filings and relentless efforts from corporate billionaires to silence workers, today comes as no surprise. Working people recognize the need for a collective voice--and it shows. We are stronger in a union," Shuler declared.

Labor Quote: Marty Walsh

"I think it means a lot of opportunity and promise as we move forward, not just for the labor movement, but for workers; workers have the ability to join the union, or organize the union, (which) gives them collective power. And I think that this is an opportunity to seize this moment for resurgence in the labor moment."

U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh, on last week's [link removed] Your Rights At Work radio show, commenting on what the 71% union approval ratings (per Gallup in the Sept 2022 poll) means.


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