Machinists Condemn Announcement Cancelling Federal Worker Pay Increase

The White House recently announced plans to cancel scheduled pay raises for civilian federal workers. An across-the-board 2.1 percent pay increase and locality pay increase for federal workers had been slated to take effect in January.

The announcement was quickly condemned by IAM International President Bob Martinez and other labor leaders.

“The President has decided to pull the rug out from under the people who make this country move every day,” said Martinez. “It seems we can afford lavish tax cuts for the rich, but not decent wages for the men and women who keep our war fighters prepared for battle, print the money we spend and put out fires in the West. It is also a slap in the face to the hundreds of thousands of veterans who proudly continue our nation’s mission upon their return home. We are approaching a dangerous national security situation when we will be unable to attract the best and brightest to fill important roles within our federal government.”

READ: Trump cancels pay raises for almost 2 million federal workers POLITICO

Congress could override Trump’s decision by including a pay raise in legislation.

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