Pay Freeze Instituted; Shutdown to Extend into New Year

FDA scientist conducting sample analysisLate yesterday afternoon, the president issued an executive order putting in place a pay freeze for most federal employees for 2019, even as you continue to lose pay during this government shutdown.

The Office of Personnel Management posted the 2019 pay tables verifying no increase to the General Schedule or any locality areas.

Meanwhile, neither the president nor the current Congress are taking any actions on needed funding measures. The newly-elected 116th Congress (2019-2020) will convene on Thursday, January 3.

Two FDA investigators inspecting a lot of imported canned food in a warehouseActive social media users are likely familiar with the trending #ShutDownStories. If you are interested in joining in, we suggest taking a photo of a sign that says “I am a federal employee. This is my [insert number] day of being locked out of my job.” Or, “I am a federal employee. This is my [insert number] day of working without pay.”

You can also discuss how the American public is impacted with this sign: “I am a federal employee. I am not [brief description of work not being done].” Get the signs

Tag #ShutdownStories and #NTEUnews in your posts.

FDA retail food specialist checking the temperature in a salad barYour members of Congress and the White House should hear from you, too. Learn more

NTEU has received questions from members who are furloughed and concerned about missing a paycheck wondering if they should consider applying for unemployment. There is some information posted on the topic of unemployment insurance on NTEU’s home page and recently updated information from the Office of Personnel Management.

Author: chapterpresident

I have worked in the FDA since 1990 in a variety of positions. I currently serve as chapter president of NTEU Chapter 254, representing FDA employees in Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah.