Bill Would Close Salary Gap For Federal Reservists

Feb. 7th, 2002-

Legislation has been introduced in the House to protect the pay of Reservists and National Guard members who are federal employees, in case they are called to active duty. Reps. Robert Wexler (D-Fla.) and Bob Filner (D-Calif.) have devised a bill that would require federal agencies to make up the difference between a Reservist's federal salary and his military salary so the employee does not face a pay cut. The bill would apply to salaries paid on or after September 11. More than 120,000 Reservists are federal employees, and about 65,000 would be required to leave their civil service jobs in a full mobilization. The proposal has the support of the Reserve Officers Association, the Enlisted Association of the National Guard, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association and the American Federation of Government Employees.