Employee Groups Encouraged by End to Pay Freeze Threat - September 5, 2019
By Erich Wagner, Government Executive
Officials with groups that represent federal employees applauded President Trump’s decision last week to end his quest to implement a pay freeze for civilian federal workers, but said his proposed 2020 raise is not enough.
Last week, Trump surprised many by announcing an alternative pay plan that would provide federal civilian employees with a 2.6% across-the-board raise next year. The plan, which is issued each year to avoid much higher automatic pay increases under the Federal Employee Pay Comparability Act, marked a reversal from the White House's fiscal 2020 budget proposal, which advocated freezing federal employee pay at 2019 levels.