Reverse Trump’s Cancellation of Federal Pay Raises

OFFICIAL ACTION for Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018: Reverse Trump’s Cancellation of Federal Pay Raises

Federal workers earn 5 percent less than they did at the start of the decade, according to the American Federation of Government Employees. Public servants were scheduled to receive a 2.1% pay raise in January, roughly matching the expected inflation rate.

Now President Trump has cancelled the pay raise, stating the cancellation is required to “put our nation on a fiscally sustainable course.” Trump estimates the cancellation will save $25 billion dollars. (1)

That amount is dwarfed by the expected $1.5 trillion cost over the next 10 years of Trump’s recent tax cut, which has benefited working Americans only modestly. (2)

“Republicans gave corporations a trillion dollar tax cut and are now cutting pay raises for social workers, janitors, painters, clerical workers, and more. It’s outrageous,” said Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA). (3)

ACTION

Call Washington’s Members of Congress to Protest Trump’s Cancellation of Federal Pay Raises

Sample script: “My name is ____________ from Seattle, WA. Please support fair wages for federal workers. Fight President Trump’s plan to cancel the federal pay raise planned for January. It’s an outrage to fund tax cuts for corporations at the expense of working Americans.”

Senator Patty Murray:  (202) 224-2621

Senator Maria Cantwell:  (202) 224-3441

Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (WA-7):  (202) 225-3106

Congressman Adam Smith (WA-9):  (202) 225-8901

Want to Learn More?

These articles have more information about the cancelled federal pay raises:

“Trump Cancels Pay Raise Due to Federal Workers in January” (Seattle Times)

“Trump Seeks to Block Pay Raises for Federal Workers” (The New York Times)

Sources

(1) https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/text-letter-president-speaker-house-representatives-president-senate-32/

(2) https://www.jct.gov/publications.html?func=startdown&id=5053

(3) https://twitter.com/KamalaHarris/status/1035227813350178819 )


Event: Resist Trump Tuesday

Tuesday, 8/27/18

11:45 AM - 12:30 PM (Rally)

12:30 – 1:30 PM (Meeting with Senatorial Staff)

Henry M. Jackson Federal Building

915 2nd Ave, Seattle, Washington 98104

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This week we welcome Lilly Addams with Physicians for Social Responsibility and Elissa Goss with NARAL Pro Choice WA.

We are also proud to again partner with the Downtown Peace Vigil who will lead us in song which we all desperately need right now.

Please join us--we need your voice!