Congressman Matt Cartwright

Representing the 17th District of Pennsylvania
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Rep. Cartwright Introduces Bill to Ensure Parity for Blue-Collar Workers

Mar 17, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright re-introduced a bill to ensure parity for federal employees. The Wage Grade Employee Parity Act would guarantee that the percentage increase in rates of basic pay for Wage Grade, or hourly, employees is equivalent to the percentage increase received by General Schedule, or salaried, federal employees.  

The Wage Grade Employee Parity Act was previously introduced in both the 113th and 114th Congress. Language from this bill was included in FY15 and FY16 spending bills that were signed into law.

This legislation would ensure that the basic pay increase for prevailing wage employees shall be equal to the percentage increase received by other federal employees in the same pay locality.

“The inconsistency is unacceptable. Federal employees have been underappreciated and undervalued for far too long,” said Rep. Cartwright. “Blue-collar workers deserve the same pay increase that white-collar workers receive. In addition, this bill will help retain key personnel.”

This legislation would affect nearly 2,000 hourly employees at Tobyhanna Army Depot, the Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center, and at the Social Security Administration office located in Pennsylvania’s 17th District.