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Democratic Candidates Support Federal Pay Raises

Both Democratic candidates running for president agree that federal employees should be fairly compensated and their benefits should be protected.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) responded to a questionnaire that the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers submitted to the 12 Republican and Democratic presidential campaigns back in December. As of March 24, only the Clinton and Sanders campaigns had responded.

The questionnaire requested candidates outline their positions on a number of issues, including federal employee pay, union rights, and the privatization of government jobs.

Both candidates agreed on federal employee pay raises, with Clinton saying she would ensure “appropriate pay raises” and “oppose across-the-board arbitrary pay freezes, retirement cuts, or cuts to other employee benefits.”

Sanders specified that federal employees deserved a raise “of at least 3.8% to keep up with cost-of-living increases” and pledged his “strong” support for the FAIR Act, which would give federal employees a 5.3% pay boost in 2017.

Sanders had this to say of recent cuts to the federal workforce:

“For far too long, the extreme right wing has demonized, belittled, and sought to destroy the federal workforce. That is wrong, that is unconscionable, and that has got to change. The fact of the matter is that no other worker has been asked to sacrifice more on the altar of deficit reduction than our federal workers. Over the past decade, federal workers have contributed $159 billion towards deficit reduction.”

Clinton also cited her time as Secretary of State:

“I was serving as Secretary of State when federal salaries were frozen in 2011, and I saw how difficult it was for employees to be told that even though they were working hard and their living costs were going up, their paychecks were not. The government is not going to be able to recruit and retain the high-caliber employees it needs if it does not pay federal employees fairly for their work.”

Both candidates also vowed to preserve the right of workers to collectively bargain and to renew President Obama’s 2009 executive order that created the National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relations.

IFPTE’s also asked the candidates for their positions on other issues, including the federal minimum wage, trans-Pacific partnership, and guest-worker programs.

To see Clinton’s responses in full detail, click here.

To read Sander’s responses in full detail, click here

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