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COMMITTEE ON
POST OFFICE AND CIVIL SERVICE

UNITED STATES SENATE

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S. 231, S. 315, S. 1086, S. 1288, and S. 1636
TO PROVIDE AN EQUITABLE SYSTEM FOR FIXING AND AD-
JUSTING THE RATES OF PAY FOR PREVAILING RATE EM-
PLOYEES OF THE GOVERNMENT, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES

MARCH 29; APRIL 29 AND 30, 1971

Printed for the use of the
Committee on Post Office and Civil Service in

JUL 1971

PENT DE

U.S. GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE

WASHINGTON : 1971

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COMMITTEE ON POST OFFICE AND CIVIL SERVICE

GALE W. McGEE, Wyoming, Chairman
JENNINGS RANDOLPH, West Virginia HIRAM L. FONG, Hawaii
QUENTIN N. BURDICK, North Dakota J. CALEB BOGGS, Delaware
ERNEST F. HOLLINGS, South Carolina TED STEVENS, Alaska
FRANK E. MOSS, Utah

HENRY BELLMON, Oklahoma
DAVID MINTON, Staff Director and Counsel
ROD CROWLIE, Associate Staff Director

CLYDE S. DUPONT, Minority Counsel
RICHARD G. FULLER, Professional Staff Member
DAN DOHERTY, Professional Staff Member

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CONTENTS

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Text of S. 231.

Text of S. 315.---

Text of S. 1086.

Text of S. 1288...

Text of S. 1636.

Departmental reports:

Department of Defense---

Office of Management and Budget ---

CHRONOLOGICAL LIST OF WITNESSES

MARCH 29, 1971

Moss, Hon. Frank E., a U.S. Senator from the State of Utah.--
Burdick, Hon. Quentin N., a U.S. Senator from the State of North Dakota
Harris, Hon. Fred R., a Ú.S. Senator from the State of Oklahoma ------
Griner, John F., national president, American Federation of Government

Employees; accompanied by Clyde W. Webber, executive vice presi-
dent; Carl K. Sadler, legislative representative; and Stephen Koczak,

director of research-----

Ryan, William H., national coordinator and legislative representative,

Government Employees Department of the International Association of

Machinists and Aero-Space Workers, AFL-CIO; accompanied by Saul S.
Stein, general representative, Metal Trades Department---

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SUBMITTED STATEMENTS
Griner, John F., national president, American Federation of Government

Employees before the Senate Committee on Post Office and Civil

Service, June 17, 1970------
Griner, John F., national president, American Federation of Government

Employees before the Special Subcommittee on Exchanges and Com-
missaries of the House Armed Services Committee; July 29, 1970.---
McCart, John A., prepared statement of.--
Wolkomir, Nathan T., prepared statement of.----

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Articles, publications, etc.:

“Defense Department Cuts 1,300 at Craig AFB in Severe State

Blow" by Dick Bell in the Birmingham, Ala. Post-Herald, Mar. 11, Page 1971.-----

180 Communications to:

Senator McGee from Andrew J. Biemiller, director of the department

of legislation with the AFL-CIO; relating to S. 231 and other wage
board bills.-------------------------------

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----------Chairman Hampton from Senator McGee dated March 30, 1971;

referring to dismissal of blue-collar employees.-

183 Senator McGee from Chairman Hampton dated April 13, 1971;

listing percentage of separations from the Federal Government

during fiscal year 1970.-----
Senator McGee from Raymond Jacobson, director, Bureau of Policies

and Standards, dated June 4, 1971; in response to question by
Senator Fong in obtaining updated wage increases in major wage
areas.--

209 Senator McGee from David Sullivan, general president, Service Em

ployees International Union, dated April 30, 1971; supporting
S. 231...

255 Senator McGee from Joseph Curran, president, National Maritime

Union of America dated May 7, 1971; statement on S. 231.--Selected tables and charts:

Coordinated Federal wage system, Chicago, Ill., February 1970. --- 125-126
Graph based on actual survey, constructed by means of the "method

of least squares” to establish the blue-collar Federal prevailing rate
pay line with a constant intergrade differential.---

127 Veterans' Administration; regular wage rate schedules, coordinated

Federal wage system, Chicago, Ill. -
Comparative rates of pay for truck drivers in the Chicago area be-

tween Federal Government and private enterprise-----
Annex I(a)—Survey summary coordinated Federal wage system,
New York, N.Y., January-February 1969..

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Annex I (b)— Coordinated Federal wage system wage area; San Fran-
cisco, Calif., September-October 1970.-----

-------- 134-136 Annex I(c)— Coordinated Federal wage system by area; Washington, D.C., September-October 1970---

137-138 Exhibit 1-Computation Sheet -------

142 Graph-Computing a wage trend line--

143 Table 5—1970 Private enterprise rates.

144 Table 6-Uniform line--

146 Table 7—Nassimbene line.--

146 Table 9—Official line--

147 Total number of employees and their average pay in the classified

service, the postal field service and the wage board system; June 30,

1969_------Wage increases for 68 major wage areas throughout the United States for the calendar years 1961-70. ---

---Graph-Indices of comparative rates of pay increases for representa

tive grades of the General Schedule, Postal Field Service Schedule

and average Wage Board Schedule for period 1945-1971.---Survey job averages and payline based on February 1971 wage survey in Chicago ---

219 Veterans Administration laundry worker rate changes; Chicago, Ill. 262 DOD laundry worker rate changes; Chicago, Ill ------

263 Industry step rate data-----------

266 Percentage of firms by size groups. ---

267 Percentage of employees by size groups ---

268 Shift differentials-CFWS vs. proposals ---General information:

Annex II-Computing a wage trend line..
Fringe benefits for NAF employees---

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WAGE BOARD LEGISLATION

MONDAY, MARCH 29, 1971

U.S. SENATE,
COMMITTEE ON Post OFFICE AND CIVIL SERVICE,

Washington, D.C. The committee met at 10 a.m., pursuant to call, in the auditorium of the New Senate Office Building, Senator Gale W. McGee (chairman of the committee) presiding.

Present: Senators McGee, Stevens, Moss, Burdick, Bellmon, Randolph, Fong, and Hollings.

Staff members present: David Minton, staff director and counsel; Clyde DuPont, minority counsel; Richard G. Fuller, and Dan Doherty, professional staff members.

The CHAIRMAN. The committee hearing will come to order.

Senator Fong has just sent word that he will be a moment or two late.

He is in an appropriations hearing at this time, where I am supposed to be too, but we try to cover both fronts, so he is covering for me there while I try to cover for him here for just a short time.

He will be here shortly, but we will now get underway.

We are not without observing that I think we should have held this in J.F.K. Stadium. [Applause.]

It is noteworthy also that on this Monday morning eight of our nine committee members are present and accounted for. I think that is an enviable record for any committee on a Monday morning early in the session.

OPENING STATEMENT

This hearing is convened to hear testimony on wage board legislation. If it is true, as some say, that "third time is charm,” then we are due to be charmed.

Because this is the third time this committee has conducted hearings and acted on a piece of legislation to revise the wage board pay system.

In 1967, we reported out, and the Senate unanimously passed S. 2302. But the House of Representatives was apparently not ready to act at that time, and the bill died in committee over there.

We did manage to salvage the Monroney amendment, out of the 90th Congress, but administrative interpretations and bureaucratic efforts to destroy that law have delayed its proper implementation in many cases.

In 1970, this committee reported out, and the Senate again unanimously passed, a second wage board bill; and that bill, H.R. 17809, was sent to the President for his approval.

It was tailored to achieve his approval. As a matter of fact-and no one knows this better than the witness before us this morning, John Griner—that bill was so tailored to meet the approval of the incumbent

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