22nd Annual Great America Trip/Picnic
July 30, 2016
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T here was good news and not-so-good news regarding the pay raise for 2016. The good news was that for the first time in six years, we finally got an increase in locality pay. In addition to a 1% across-the-board nationwide adjustment, federal employees will receive a locality increase between 0.1% and 0.6% depending on where they work.
Thirteen new localities were added this year, and all will receive slightly more than they would have if they’d remained in the Rest of U.S. locality. None of the locality increases was large. Only 0.3% of payroll was devoted to locality increases.
But the expansion of the number of localities to 13 additional areas was a tremendous achievement. Even though those localities got extremely small locality increases this year, it is important to recognize that they’re now “in the game” and eligible for bigger increases in the future. The not-so-good news was the size of the overall raise. At 1.3%, it is nowhere near enough to make up lost ground for five years of near-zero pay adjustments. The average pay gap between the public and private sectors is 35%, and despite a law instructing Congress to close that gap, small pay adjustments have grown that gap rather than shrink it. It will be up to AFGE members to mobilize support for bigger and better pay raises in the future.
The not-so-good news was the size of the overall raise. At 1.3%, it is nowhere near enough to make up lost ground for five years of near-zero pay adjustments. The average pay gap between the public and private sectors is 35%, and despite a law instructing Congress to close that gap, small pay adjustments have grown that gap rather than shrink it. It will be up to AFGE members to mobilize support for bigger and better pay raises in the future.
The delegates at the 40th National Convention last August voted to make January “Data Update Month.” That’s why we’re asking every member of the AFGE family to update their contact information so we can reach you when you’re needed most.
Visit www.afge.org/update and take one minute update your contact information today.
The deadline for updating your information is January 31st, so don’t delay. Write us at email@example.com if you have any questions or want assistance with updating your profile.
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If the local or state authorities have declared your home to be in an mandatory evacuation area and/or your home may have been flooded, you and your family may be eligible for your lodging and subsistence benefits in addition to administrative leave.
We are working with Deputy Commissioner Nancy Berryhill to identify affected employees.
If you feel you may be eligible for these benefits, please contact us as soon as possible. If you have a co-worker, who is unable to work due to the severe weather conditions, please share this information with him/her.
We have flooding in Southern Illinois and Missouri and 25 deaths caused by flooding in Missouri and Illinois. We are aware that our employees who have lost their homes due to floods are given lodging and per diem according to OPM Regulations. We have been advised that SSA is referring our employees who have lost homes to Red Cross Shelters rather than following the OPM Regulations.
RESOURCE: Handbook on Pay and Leave Benefits for Federal Employees Affected by Severe Weather Conditions or Other Emergency Situations: OPM Link to Handbook