Obama to Propose 1 Percent Pay Increase for Feds Next Year

President Barack Obama is proposing a 1 percent pay boost for federal civilian employees next year, according to federal employee labor unions.

The pay increase was announced during a phone call on Friday between the White House and labor union representatives. The 1 percent pay increase will be recommended in Obama’s fiscal 2014 budget proposal.

“After all that federal workers have sacrificed the past three years, they have earned a raise,” said William Dougan, national president of the National Federation of Federal Employees. “I repeat, they have earned a raise. We are pleased to see the president take a bold stance and advocate for this badly needed pay adjustment.”

Other labor representatives were not as happy.

“I strongly believe that both [civilian federal workers and military members] deserve more and this amount is inadequate,” said Colleen Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, in a statement. “When compared with wage growth in the private sector, federal workers and members of the military will fall further behind, making it more difficult for the government to attract and retain qualified personnel.”

Federal civilian employees have faced a pay freeze since 2011. The House is scheduled on Wednesday to consider a bill that would continue the pay freeze through 2013.

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