NARFE President: Trump’s wage freeze “shows clear contempt” for workers

Alexandria, Va. (August 30, 2018) – In response to the president’s statement today setting across-the-board and locality pay increases at zero for non-postal federal employees, NARFE President Richard G. Thissen issued the following statement:

President Trump’s action to deny federal employees a modest pay raise of 1.9 percent demonstrates his disdain for the civil service.

At a time when he continues to praise strong economic conditions and rising wage growth, and supports a 2.6 percent pay raise for the military, refusing to provide a nominal raise for our nation’s hardworking federal employees shows clear contempt for those who carry out public service.

We need the best and brightest to tackle our country’s growing challenges and support our military, and a pay freeze only serves to damper these efforts.

While the president fails to acknowledge the value of civil servants, NARFE is hopeful Congress will recognize a pay freeze is detrimental to both Feds and our country, and pass a pay raise as it reconciles the House and Senate appropriations bills.