Trump orders pay freeze for federal workers
President Donald Trump issued an order Friday to freeze civilian federal employee salary rates at current levels in 2019, although a chance remains that employees will still receive a raise.
Trump’s order was expected since he has advocated a freeze all year. It was necessary under the complex law governing federal pay to prevent a large raise from taking effect by default since Congress did not decide on a raise.
The order comes as some 800,000 federal employees are in unpaid status due to the partial government shutdown that now has lasted a week. Of those, about 380,000 have been furloughed while the rest are still on the job, although without pay.