Lawmakers debate "transparent" pay scale for TSA workers

09/10/2009 | Government Executive

As lawmakers return from their summer recess, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee today will take up a bill designed to move TSA employees onto the General Schedule that governs pay rates for other federal workers. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the measure would provide an average $1,700 pay hike for some 36,000 TSA employees, but one union official says it's a matter of fairness rather than a pay raise. "For eight years, they've been under an unfair, often punitive pay system," says Charity Wilson of the American Federation of Government Employees. "It's not surprising that when you go from a system like that to a system that is transparent and objective that there would be differences in pay."

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