Trump to Federal Employees: No Pay Raises for You!

Trump to Federal Employees: No Pay Raises for You!

"We must maintain efforts to put our Nation on a fiscally sustainable course, and Federal agency budgets can not sustain such increases", Trump wrote before announcing that for 2019, "both across-the-board pay increases and locality pay increases will be set at zero".

Employees who also get a percentage added on based on their location will not see an average 26 percent increase to their locality pay in the new year, which would have cost the federal government an estimated $25 billion.

Under the law, the 2.1 percent raise takes effect automatically unless the president and Congress act to change it. Congress is now debating a proposal for a slightly lower, 1.9 percent across-the-board raise to be included in a funding bill that would require Trump's signature to keep most government functions operating past September.

An across-the-board 2.1% pay increase for federal workers was slated to take effect in January.

U.S. District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson said Trump didn't have the power to force changes to union contracts because they would violate the collective bargaining rights federal employees have under the law.

In a notice to Congress Thursday, Trump cited "serious economic conditions" in cutting pay to civilian workers.

The rising deficit is due in part to the tax reform bill Trump signed into law in December.

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The federal deficit has exploded under Trump, with the advent of the GOP tax law that is projected to cost $1.9 trillion over the course of a decade, as well as a bipartisan spending deal that increased discretionary spending by almost $300 billion in 2018 and 2019.

During the Obama administration, federal pay was frozen for three years. Under the complex federal pay law, in that case such a message must be issued by the end of August to prevent a much larger raise from taking effect automatically should no decision be made by the end of the year. The Senate passed a bill this summer that included a 1.9% raise for federal workers. Those two bills must now be reconciled.

Last year, the White House announced a federal pay raise of 1.9 percent for civilian employees and a 2.1 percent pay raise for the military. States Trump won in 2016 - including Florida, Pennsylvania and OH - also rank high on the list of states where federal employees work.

The Democratic National Committee described Trump's letter as "yet another slap in the face to American workers" by the president, while Sen.

The president says that federal employee pay should be based on performance and should not involve fixed pay increases.

"Specifically, I have determined that for 2019, both across-the-board pay increases and locality pay increases will be set at zero", Trump said.

Tony Reardon, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, called Trump's move "deeply disappointing" and an indication that the Trump administration "simply does not respect its own workforce".

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