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First raise in four years: 1%

President Obama issued an Executive Order for GS employees to receive a 1% raise, the first since 2010. Govexec reports, "The raise will kick in on Jan. 1 and only apply to feds’ basic rates of pay. Locality pay will remain at 2013 levels." OPM's new pay tables are listed here: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/salaries-wages/2014/g...

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A budget deal--at workers' expense

Congress has passed, and the President is expected to sign, a bipartisan two-year budget agreement. The deal partly repeals some of the sequestration cuts, but requires increased pension contributions from federal employees hired on or after 1/1/2014. Those employees will have to pay 4.4% toward their pensions, but will not receive larger pensions as a result. Military retirees will also receive lower COLAs (cost-of-living adjustments) on their pensions until age 62. AFGE opposed these measures.

Continuing resolution passed; pay freeze continues

On Saturday, Congress approved a continuing resolution to fund the government through March 27, 2013. This means the pay freeze for federal workers will continue at least through that date. For more details: http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2012/09/congress-approves-extended-p...

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