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Pay for federal workers will be frozen under an executive order signed Friday afternoon by President Donald Trump.

The 2.1 percent pay increase had been scheduled to take effect as of Jan. 1, 2019. Trump announced in August he would scrap the increase, The Hill reported.

One casualty of the order is something known as the “locality pay increase,” which seeks to adjust pay rates depending on the region in which a federal worker is located.

The order will not impact the 2.6 percent pay raise for the military that was part of a defense bill Trump signed in August.

News of the freeze was ill-received by organizations that represent federal workers, especially during the partial government shutdown.

“This is just pouring salt into the wound,” said Tony Reardon, president of the National Treasury Employees Union. The union represents 150,000 employees, according to USA Today.

“It is shocking that federal employees are taking yet another financial hit. As if missed paychecks and working without pay were not enough, now they have been told that they don’t even deserve a modest pay increase.”

The leader of the American Federation of Government Employees said federal workers’ pay is moving in the wrong direction.

“President Trump’s plan to freeze wages for these patriotic workers next year ignores the fact that they are worse off today financially than they were at the start of the decade,” AFGE National President J. David Cox Sr. said.

“Federal employees have had their pay and benefits cut by over $200 billion since 2011, and they are earning nearly 5 percent less today than they did at the start of the decade.”

Trump, however, said in August that the government needed to hold the line.

“We must maintain efforts to put our Nation on a fiscally sustainable course, and Federal agency budgets cannot sustain such increases,” Trump wrote in a letter to Congressional leaders at the time.

“In light of our Nation’s fiscal situation, Federal employee pay must be performance-based, and aligned strategically toward recruiting, retaining, and rewarding high-performing Federal employees and those with critical skill sets.”

The Senate version of the federal budget called for a 1.9 percent pay increase, while the House version did not include any increase.

Pay for federal workers was frozen from 2011 through 2013 but has risen since then, USA Today reported.

The pay freeze will impact about 2.1 million federal workers, most of whom live outside the Washington, D.C., area.



  1. Allan Judy

    December 30, 2018 at 11:13 pm

    The President should also sign an order denying any pay raise to any Senator, Congressman or House of Representative. None of these should be paid since they can not get together and work to resolve issues. They should get back pay the same as others. You do not work, you do not get paid. Just like any other job in this country.

    • Andre Alexsen

      December 30, 2018 at 11:20 pm


    • Dan

      December 30, 2018 at 11:41 pm


    • PATTI Burt

      December 31, 2018 at 12:30 am

      Congress should not be paid until they do their jobs and the close down is over.

    • Bird

      December 31, 2018 at 1:19 am

      What do you want to bet….. I’ll bet Congress has already passed a bill that protects THEM from such a presidential order. All the rules apply to ‘we the people’ but NEVER affects the elites!

      • Al

        December 31, 2018 at 6:03 am

        Congress did pass a bill a few years ago to protect themselves. You’re right!

      • Tom

        December 31, 2018 at 9:40 pm

        I’m afraid it is already illegal, unfortunately, under the Constitional requiring separation of three branches of government.

    • LVMon

      December 31, 2018 at 2:42 am

      How about signing a bill that will cut the pay for Congress and pass what they save on to regular workers. They can also cut Congress’ benefits. Why can’t a bill be passed that once Congressmen/women leave the position they do not get the high pensions – give them something equal to SS and Medicare. Also let them pay for their own security of needed. I’m sure they can afford all these cutbacks more than a federal worker can afford not getting a meager raise

    • Al

      December 31, 2018 at 6:02 am

      I agree 100%. No back pay for Fed Workers, including the Congress.

    • James

      December 31, 2018 at 7:24 am

      right you are Allan.
      just like those TEACHERS UNIONS, SAME REASON.
      only TRADES people should be the ONLY UNIONS.

    • Shelley C Burger

      December 31, 2018 at 7:03 pm

      I agree about Congress!!

    • Robert Walters

      January 1, 2019 at 6:35 am

      Agree, but it will never happen until we get Term Limits for Congress.

  2. Mickey

    December 30, 2018 at 11:18 pm

    This is what we voted for, clean up the fat bloated bureaucracy. Merit based raises are warranted for these people as the private sector went to this system decades ago. The unions are just after percentage based union dues. They need to tighten their belts and shut down the payola to the democrats.


      December 30, 2018 at 11:28 pm

      You are right on.

  3. Daniel Shannon

    December 30, 2018 at 11:18 pm

    I’m suppose to feel sorry for them? Been on SS now for YEARS! Cost of living has gone up and up and yet NOW finally we are going to get a VERY modest increase!!

    • Jo

      December 31, 2018 at 3:19 am

      That increase is all but eaten up when our Medicare went up at same damn time. So much for our cost of living increase

      • Tom

        December 31, 2018 at 9:46 pm

        So did your supplemental insurance. Every dang time we get a COLA insurane decides they need it more than we do. It’s almost at the level of a conspiracy.

    • rosi

      December 31, 2018 at 11:04 am

      My increase netted me about $200 a year. Those “POOR” gov’t workers make ten times what I make with SS and MILRET pay, Let them learn to live within their means like the rest of us have to

  4. Michael

    December 30, 2018 at 11:27 pm

    We use the term patriotic referring to those that serve as civilians in the government. I am an active duty guy and have seen and worked with these civilians… most do not go above and beyond and often work the system to their advantage, especially when there are uniformed military involved. They treat us like we are the servants, instead of part of the team. They also take jobs that were once for the active duty and teach our active duty, so not sure, but in my opinion how do I motivate that active duty person to want to be the senior enlisted and not get out to get paid more, not deploy and stay in one place for as long as they’d like? This has affected the discipline of the force and not in a positive way. So I am of the opinion its intended purpose has been met, but the effects of making us stronger and more agile has failed and contiunes to do so.

    • Nancy Helene Hessler

      December 31, 2018 at 2:09 am

      Thank you for your service.

  5. Helen

    December 30, 2018 at 11:28 pm

    Why are the rich in the federal government so concerned about their pay increase, the American people who have worked all their lives for social security benefits weren’t given a cost of living raise for 8 years. Are you any better than us??????

  6. J POLLS

    December 30, 2018 at 11:29 pm

    Yes just look at what STRZOK and his mistress were making for committing treason against the government.. Also Muleface and the fucking ohomo’s and klinton’s.

  7. HokieBird

    December 30, 2018 at 11:41 pm

    The best paid people are complaining. Go figure. Something for nothing.

  8. Randy R Renfro

    December 30, 2018 at 11:49 pm

    From watching major businesses , I see that the never ending raise usually results in them filing for bankruptcy , then a drastic pay decrease or termination and rehire at much lower pay rate . Just is not possible to get raises every year .

  9. Jeanette

    December 31, 2018 at 12:06 am

    Yes! They give themselves raises while the taxpayers sit stagnant, it’s time the taxpayers had the right to fire these non working fools. Fire anyone who’s not in their office working on Monday. See how many show up?

  10. Pat

    December 31, 2018 at 12:14 am

    Air traffic controllers just retired many with full benefits for social security and federal retirement,average age 56. I’m unable to find out if their new jobs will be penalized or if their union fixed that too.

  11. Annette

    December 31, 2018 at 12:19 am

    These fools should never be paid for not working. American citizens don’t make half the money they do by sitting on their asses and doing nothing.
    President Trump needs to put a stop to their pay and NO retroactive pay either !! This is BS

  12. Connie

    December 31, 2018 at 12:43 am

    Most of them do not work real hard and are already paid way more than those of us in the private sector. It will not kill them to go without a raise or to wait for their pay if they are working without pay at the present time. We all suffer and those of us paying taxes are supporting many who do not want to work so collect welfare…this includes citizens and illegals. Had they built the wall when it should have been done, this last group would be sitting on the other side of it as they should be. We spend way to much supporting them.

  13. Shari Early

    December 31, 2018 at 1:03 am

    Go ahead and get rid of the IRS and put in a standard tax that doesn’t require tons of paperwork every year. They can use their pay to give the rest their raise or better yet. Give the pay increase to senior citizens that worked hard for the money they aren’t getting!

  14. Etaoin

    December 31, 2018 at 2:03 am

    They can’t strikebut they sure as hell know how to pull sickouts and slowdowns.

  15. pat

    December 31, 2018 at 2:19 am

    Mostly people that couldn’t or wouldn’t make in in the real world. This arrogant group do not engender sympathy. Their work output on average is less than average ! Wait, how could that be?

  16. Polly

    December 31, 2018 at 2:34 am

    Finally a people’s President.About time this is done.

  17. Gary

    December 31, 2018 at 3:13 am

    These federal workers were getting some pay raises during the Obama Administration and he caused one of the biggest financial crisis in the US which caused a lot of people to lose jobs and housing and they can live without the pay raise for now.

  18. fred

    December 31, 2018 at 3:37 am

    most of those affected are Obama era leeches who cant survive in the private job world

    • Betty Gross

      December 31, 2018 at 4:27 am

      Fred, amen to that. They dont need a raise, they need to be OUT.

  19. Kate

    December 31, 2018 at 3:47 am

    All pay increases should be based on performance only. And, if we had smaller government, we would have fewer federal employees and less interference in our lives and freedom.

  20. John Bloxson Jr.

    December 31, 2018 at 7:19 am

    These actions were brought on by the DemoCommunist intractability, and continued Obstructionism not President Trump so put the blame where it truly belongs the ones who hd the purse Strings House and Senate remember the Constitution division of powers.

  21. robert barton

    December 31, 2018 at 11:43 am

    Congress gets paid for sticking it to the taxpayer,how nice of them.

  22. Keith

    December 31, 2018 at 3:55 pm

    There are slackers in every business, government, union, education,…,etc.

    Like most of the social ills facing our country, slackers, criminals, cheats,…etc., represent about 4% of that group – 4 out of 100.

    It’s easy, convenient, and requires no critical thinking to blame an entire group.

    For every 100 people commenting on this topic, four (4) are slackers, criminals, or cheats.

  23. James Cotton

    December 31, 2018 at 4:14 pm

    Tony Reardon,
    dude … President Trump is right, they do NOT deserve even more pay for the half assed job they have been doing for the better part of my 48 yrs of life !

    Best thing that could happen right now for OUR country, Pelosi and the other dumbass dem holding up necessary protection for our country … DEATH …

  24. Mary Johnson

    December 31, 2018 at 5:46 pm

    The ones who should not be getting a raise is those on the hill. They do not do their job. The do not uphold their oath of office and they do not uphold the constitution.

  25. Oscar V Pearson

    December 31, 2018 at 6:08 pm

    Excellent. Most if not all are already paid too much.

  26. Shelley C Burger

    December 31, 2018 at 7:09 pm

    I thought that the economy was doing so well. I know there are some Fed workers who are not doing their job but the bulk of them are working hard and it is sad that they will not be getting a modest raise (not much more than cost of living). I do agree that both sides of Congress; the Senate and House of Representatives are paid too well and have too many benefits especially in light of how nothing has been accomplished by them.
    I know that if I left town before a major project was coming due, I would have been fired on the spot.

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