Originally Posted by Brat
Few Federal civil servants are represented by unions. Those that are do not negotiate retirement programs or wages.
Federal employee representatives (unions) do participate and have input in federal wage surveys for Wage Grade (blue collar) employees. There are many thousands of employees all over the country that fall into this category. A huge percentage of DOD employees are in this group. Wage surveys are performed every year that physically visit and/or phone survey employers in their respective Wage Areas (designated by law) that formulate average wages paid to private sector employees performing similar types of work. Lots of calculations are done, and in the end a suitable figure is obtained to determine what amount of pay raise (or not) employees will recieve for the coming year. This is done in each of the Wage Survey areas all across the country. WG employees annual pay increases come at different times of the year, not associated with GS or other pay system federal employees. When GS gets their raises in January, a WG might get theirs in say....July. If a WG employee gets an annual increase in January, it's coincidental. Anyhow....unions do play a part in blue collar employees pay raises, a big part. Many feds ARE indeed represented by unions. Most blue collar workers are considered bargaining unit (represented by a union) employees and there's more negotiating than one might think.