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Federal employees’ union head: Obama pay raise proposal ‘simply not enough’

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The president of the American Federation of Government Employees says a one-percent increase is “absolutely unconscionable.”

The head of the largest federal employee union said Saturday that President Obama’s proposal to increase pay for federal employees by 1 percent was “absolutely unconscionable” and “simply not enough.”

“It is not enough to allow federal employees to make up lost ground from two-plus years of frozen pay. It is not enough to allow workers, most of whom earn very modest salaries ranging from $24,000 to $70,000, to maintain living standards. And it is not enough to send a message with any kind of clarity that the administration values the federal workforce and doesn’t believe it should continue to bear an enormously disproportionate share of deficit reduction,” David Cox Sr., the president of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), said in a statement.

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