On Friday, December 1, a bipartisan group of Representatives sent a letter to the President seeking a 2.4 percent pay raise for federal civilian workers, which would provide parity with the raise to be provided to members of the military in 2018.
On August 31, 2017, President Trump issued an alternative pay plan for civilian federal employees officially giving workers, covered by the General Schedule, an average 1.9 percent raise in 2018. Unless Congress acts to provide a different amount in the next few weeks, the total average pay raise is set to equal the pay increase proposed in the White House’s FY18 budget proposal and includes a 1.4 percent across-the-board base increase and an average 0.5 percent hike in locality pay rates. Under current law, the base increase should be 1.9 percent with a locality pay increase on top of that amount.
NTEU supports a higher pay raise for 2018, and worked on introduction of legislation earlier this year to provide a 3.2 percent increase instead, as outlined in the Federal Adjustment of Income Rates, or FAIR Act (HR 757 and S. 255). In recent weeks, NTEU has also called for the principle of pay parity to be applied to the civilian and military pay raises for January.
NTEU will continue to fight to ensure employees receive a fair pay raise in 2018.