Representative Runyan Calls on President Obama to Correct Wage Disparity at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst
Washington, D.C. – Today, Representative Jon Runyan (NJ-03) called on President Barack Obama to correct the ongoing pay disparity among workers at Joint Base-McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. In a letter, attached, sent to the President, Runyan outlined the extent of the disparity and the work he has done as a Member of Congress to draw attention to the issue.
“The President oversees the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and could direct OPM to correct the wage disparity, ensuring that the men and women of Joint Base McGuire Dix Lakehurst are paid fairly for the work they do. While OPM clearly has the authority to do this, they have been unwilling to implement the recommendation of their own Federal Prevailing Rate Advisory Committee, and the repeated urging of the United States Congress. It is time for OPM to stop stalling and do right by JB-MDL and the employees who make it the state-of-the-art military installation that it is. It is my hope that President Obama is willing to step in, and direct OPM to resolve this issue immediately."
Since the beginning of his term in Congress, Representative Runyan has worked with Members of the New Jersey delegation and the Congressional committees of jurisdiction to correct the pay disparity. He has submitted testimony to the Federal Prevailing Rate Advisory Committee (FPRAC) and written several letters to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to implement the change. Runyan has introduced legislation to correct the disparity, H.R. 1688, the BRAC Wage Locality Pay Parity Act of 2011. He also successfully included report language in the FY2012 National Defense Authorization Act requesting that OPM coordinate with the Defense Department to make sure Defense Department employees at the Joint Base are all paid at the New York City pay rate. This legislation was signed into law by President Obama on December 31, 2011.
Located in New Jersey’s 3rd Congressional District, Joint Base McGuire-Dix –Lakehurst is the only installation of its kind which contains the Army, the Air Force and the Navy. As a result of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC), the three installations were combined in to one base. Before the three installations were combined, employees at McGuire and Ft. Dix were paid at the Philadelphia wage rate, while Lakehurst employees were paid at the New York City wage rate. After the consolidation, the discrepancy remained, resulting in employees who do the same job, on different ends of the Joint Base, being paid different wages. The Joint Base employs over 40,000 men and women and is the second largest employer in New Jersey.
Congressman Runyan is a member of the House Armed Services Committee Subcommittee on Readiness and Tactical Air and Land Forces. He is also a member of the House Veterans Affairs Committee and House Natural Resources Committee.