With hundreds of thousands of federal employees currently furloughed or working without pay due to the ongoing government shutdown, President Donald Trump delivered another blow to struggling workers on Friday by signing an executive order that will freeze the pay of around two million public employees in 2019.
“This is just pouring salt into the wound,” declared Tony Reardon, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, which represents around 100,000 federal workers. “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.”
✔️Furlough 400,000 federal workers
✔️Require another 400,000 to work without pay
✔️Freeze pay for entire federal civilian workforce
✔️Justify pay freeze on “our nation’s fiscal situation” (which was caused by massive tax cuts)
✔️Lie to troops about the military pay raise https://t.co/k9Htx7auO0
— Chris Lu (@ChrisLu44) December 29, 2018
Trump’s executive order—which largely flew under the radar of national news coverage—makes official his announcement earlier this year that he would cancel a scheduled 2.1 percent pay raise for 1.8 million non-military federal workers.
As justification for the widely denounced move, Trump cited the need to “put our nation on a fiscally sustainable course.”
The president’s sudden concern for the budget deficit came just months after he signed into law $1.5 trillion in tax cuts, which have disproportionately flowed to wealthy Americans and large corporations.
“President Trump pushed through a tax scam that gave unprecedented handouts to billionaires and corporations—but believes it’s too expensive to pay hardworking federal workers a reasonable wage,” wrote Rep. Barbara Lee (D-California) following Trump’s August…