Obama to Propose Raise for Federal Workers

Federal workers have been under a pay freeze for two years

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President Obama plans to ask for a raise for civilian federal workers in his budget proposal for 2014.

Labor leaders were happy to hear this Friday, as federal pay has been frozen for more than two years. A 0.5% pay hike is scheduled to go to civilian federal workers in late March, though House Republicans want to extend the federal pay freeze through December.

“After all that federal workers have sacrificed the past three years, they have earned a raise. I repeat, they have earned a raise,”  William R. Dougan, president of the National Federation of Federal Employees said at the White House briefing.