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Congressman Tom MacArthur

Representing the 3rd District of New Jersey

MacArthur Applauds Movement on Pay Parity at JBMDL

November 29, 2016
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom MacArthur today announced that the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) will issue final regulations to move all Federal Wage System (FWS) employees at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst (JB-MDL) into the New York locality pay area. Roughly 600 employees located on the former McGuire Air Force Base and Fort Dix will see their pay increased as a result of this decision.

 "Over the last two years, I have seen first-hand the importance of ensuring pay parity for wage grade workers at the base,” said Congressman MacArthur. “I have actively advocated for this proposal along with my colleague Chris Smith, and it brings me great joy to know that hard working families in South Jersey will finally earn the pay they deserve. This is vital for morale and will ensure that military leaders have the flexibility they need in order to successfully run Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst."

JB-MDL is the largest employer in the region, second only to the State of New Jersey as the largest employer in the Garden State, and contributes $6.9 billion annually to the regional economy.  After a 30-day implementation period, the scheduled pay increases is expected to take effect the first pay period of the 2017, starting on Jan. 8.

Congressman MacArthur and Congressman Smith issued a joint release on the announcement here.