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NTEU Continues Push for 3.2 Percent Federal Pay Increase in 2022

Washington D.C. – A House subcommittee has deferred to President Biden’s plan to give federal employees a 2.7 percent pay increase in 2022, but Congress or the White House can still act on the average 3.2 percent increase that the National Treasury Employees Union has endorsed.  

The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government today approved a funding bill for fiscal year 2022 that is silent on federal pay, letting the White House proposal stand, for now.  

“Certainly the White House’s 2.7 percent proposal is a welcome start to the debate over what federal employees deserve next year, but there is plenty of time for the administration and Congress to reconsider and give frontline federal workers an average 3.2 percent,” National Treasury Employees Union President Tony Reardon said. 

The administration’s proposal makes no mention of locality pay, which is when a portion of the pay raise is targeted to the parts of the country with higher living costs. According to the Federal Employee Pay Comparability Act, federal employees should receive a 2.2 percent pay increase in 2022 before locality pay is added. 

Congress can pass the NTEU-endorsed FAIR Act (H.R. 392/S. 561), which includes a 2.2 percent across-the-board increase plus 1 percent for locality pay or the president can make that adjustment in his Alternative Pay Plan Memo due by Sept. 1.

“Federal employee pay has not kept pace with rising costs over the past few years and the gap between salaries in the private sector and federal government remains too large,” Reardon said. “A 3.2 percent average pay hike is an acknowledgment of their commitment to public service and a step in the right direction toward closing the pay gap that harms the government’s efforts in recruiting and retaining talented employees.” 

The Federal Salary Council has reported that federal government workers make on average 23.11 percent less than their counterparts in the private sector.   

NTEU represents employees in 34 federal agencies and offices. 


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National Treasury Employees Union

The National Treasury Employees Union represents some 150,000 workers in 34 government agencies, making it the largest independent non-postal federal employees union. The union specializes in representation of non-supervisory federal employees in every classification and pay level in civilian agencies. NTEU has worked for over seven decades to expand the scope of federal employee protections, rights, and benefits.  NTEU’s negotiated labor agreements are second to none.

NTEU Chapter 222

Chapter 222 has Union offices in two POD’s. One Union Office is located in the Mickey Leland Federal Building in room 1250 and the other POD is located in the Alliance Tower in room 451 in Houston, Texas. The chapter represents all bargaining unit employees in the Houston and Beaumont Area.

Chapter 222 has a excellent-trained staff and a large cadre of stewards which provide guidance, assistance and valuable resources for all members. 

They work hard to ensure that all federal employees are treated with dignity and respect and that their rights protected in the workplace. For a listing of Stewards by post of duty, please click on the Stewards and Officers Link.