Padilla and Feinstein urge salary increases for California federal employees

WASHINGTON D.C. — US Senators Alex Padilla and Dianne Feinstein (both D-Calif.) this week called on the Biden administration to support the Federal Wage Council’s recommendations to narrow the pay gap between federal and non-federal employees.

The letter to Labor Secretary Marty Walsh, OMB Director Shalanda Young, and OPM Director Kiran Ahuja follows an August 2022 Federal Wage Council report detailing growing wage disparities between federal and non-federal employees.

“As you know, in August 2022, the Federal Wage Council estimated that federal employees in Fresno, California, earned 14% less than their non-federal employee counterparts, which is among the largest wage disparities in the nation. . We urge you to correct this pay disparity and others across California and the country as it would help attract and retain the best and brightest talent for our federal workforce.” the senators wrote.

Writing in support of the council’s recommendations, the senators continued, “These adjustments would increase local pay for federal employees in 10 California counties, which is critical to keeping federal employee pay competitive with the private sector and would improve recruitment and retention. Wage increases are especially important in California, which not only has a high cost of living, but also a thriving private industry that competes to attract talent.”

The full text of the letter is available here and below:

Dear Secretary Walsh, Director Young and Director Ahuja:

We are writing to support the Federal Wage Council’s recommendations to equalize pay between federal and non-federal employees, especially in California, where the wage disparity is particularly stark. As you know, in August 2022, the Federal Wage Council estimated that federal employees in Fresno, California, earned 14% less than their non-federal employee counterparts, which is among the largest wage disparities in the country. We urge you to correct this pay disparity and others in California and the nation, as it will help attract and retain the best and brightest talent for our federal workforce.

In its report, the Federal Wage Council recommended establishing a new local pay area for Fresno, California, where the Council determined that the pay disparity nearly doubled between 2019 and 2021. The Council also recommended redesignating certain localities so they would not are paid according to the “Rest of US” scale. to an existing locality payment area and recommended changing the criteria used to establish application areas. These adjustments would increase local pay for federal employees in 10 California counties, which is critical to keeping federal employee pay competitive with private sector pay and would improve recruitment and retention. Wage increases are especially important in California, which not only has a high cost of living but also a thriving private industry that competes to attract talent.

We urge you to accept the recommendations of the Federal Wage Council. Equalizing pay between federal and non-federal employees will improve the well-being of the federal workforce, help with recruitment, and increase retention of federal employees who bring critical experience to our government. Thank you for your consideration, and do not hesitate to communicate with us if you have any questions.

To be honest,

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