Our union commends the Senate for approving a 1.9% pay raise in 2019 for federal employees and showing appreciation for the important work America’s workforce does every single day.
Thanks to the amazing work of our members, the pay raise proposal is included in a minibus appropriations bill which passed 92 to 6. This modest pay adjustment would help prevent federal employees from falling further behind next year and help federal agencies recruit and retain the high-caliber workforce that the public expects and deserves. Our union is urging lawmakers to include the 1.9% raise in the final version of the 2019 Financial Services Appropriations bill.
The Senate’s pay raise proposal is in contrast to the pay freeze proposed by the Trump administration and endorsed by the House in its version of the spending bill.
Federal employees have had their pay and benefits cut by over $200 billion since 2011, and they are earning nearly 5% less today than they did at the start of the decade. But this administration wants to freeze wages for these workers even though they are worse off today financially than they were at the start of the decade.
Besides proposing to freeze their pay, the White House also threatened to shut down the government.