House Panel Rejects Trump’s Proposal to Freeze Feds’ Pay in 2020

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Thanks to the hard work of our union and members, the House Appropriations Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee voted to give federal employees a 3.1% pay raise next year, rejecting President Trump’s proposal to freeze it. The bill still must be voted on by the full House, the Senate, and signed by President Trump.

The raise is part of a 2020 funding bill, which is headed to the full House Appropriations Committee this week. The measure would give federal employees a 2.6% across-the-board raise with a 0.5% adjustment in locality pay. The 3.1% number is in line with what the Trump administration has proposed for military personnel.

“This pay raise is a critical investment in our government’s most valuable resource – its workers,” said AFGE President J. David Cox Sr. “It also maintains the decades-long principle of providing equal pay adjustments to the government’s civilian employees and service members.”

Cox added that federal employees earn less today than they did at the start of the decade, due to years of pay freezes and incremental adjustments that have failed to keep pace with inflation. Many agencies are struggling to recruit and retain employees due to noncompetitive salaries that lag private-sector standards.

OPM-GSA merger also rejected

The bill also rejects the Trump administration’s reckless proposal to dismantle the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), merge it with the General Services Administration, and put the White House in charge of OPM’s workforce policy functions. The bill also takes steps to protect workers’ rights.

Our union strongly opposes the OPM-GSA merger, which would further the administration’s efforts to politicize the civil service and undermine our democracy.

Our union thanks House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey and Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government Chairman Mike Quigley for their leadership on these important issues.

“I look forward to working with all members of Congress to ensure our federal employees and agencies are provided with the resources they need to serve the American people,” Cox added.

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