Bill would ensure blue-collar workers receive same local pay rates as white-collar counterparts
The American Federation of Government Employees congratulated Rep. Matt Cartwright of Pennsylvania for introducing H.R. 2450, the Locality Pay Equity Act. AFGE also thanks and congratulates original cosponsors Tom Marino, Bob Brady, Chaka Fattah and Allison Schwartz, all of Pennsylvania.
The Locality Pay Equity Act would mean simple justice for the federal government’s blue-collar workforce. In numerous locations, the government treats hourly and salary workers who work in the same location as if they worked in different locations when it comes to calculating local pay rates. White-collar locality boundaries are drawn to encompass metropolitan labor markets, as defined by census data on commuting rates. Blue-collar locality boundaries are drawn according to the placement of military installations in the 1950s, long before federal white-collar workers were paid local differentials.