Federal employees can expect to see updated locality pay tables and their average 1.9 percent pay raise in March, according to reports.
This news comes after NTEU was the only federal union to write the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) asking for an update on the timeline for implementing the pay raise and urging that it be done promptly.
“As employees continue to struggle with the lasting impacts of the 35-day government shutdown as well as increased costs of living, it is imperative that the pay increase be implemented as soon as possible,” wrote NTEU National President Tony Reardon on Monday to OPM Acting Director Margaret Weichert.
The pay tables that accompany the executive order implementing the raise contain precise salary information for General Schedule employees at every level and in every geographic location.
According to reports, OPM has sent updated pay tables to the Office of Management and Budget for review. The president must next sign an executive order so that agency payroll providers can begin to replace existing pay tables in their systems.
NTEU was instrumental in overturning the pay freeze for 2019 implemented by the administration. The pay raise, made up of a 1.4 percent across-the-board raise and a 0.5 percent locality pay adjustment, is included in the spending package that funds large portions of the government through Sept. 30.
When the 2019 pay raise is implemented, nearly 72,000 employees in these six newly-established locality pay areas should see their new pay rates:
Burlington-South Burlington, VT;
San Antonio-New Braunfels-Pearsall, TX;
Virginia Beach-Norfolk, VA-NC;
Corpus Christi-Kingsville-Alice, TX; and
Omaha-Council Bluffs-Fremont, NE-IA.