President Obama will ask for a 1 percent pay raise for civilian federal workers in his 2014 budget, labor leaders briefed by the White House told CNN on Friday.
The Office of Management and Budget told federal labor unions that Obama will ask for a percentage increase in salaries in the next fiscal year.
“After all that federal workers have sacrificed the past three years, they have earned a raise,” said William R. Dougan, national president of the National Federation of Federal Employees, told the network. “I repeat, they have earned a raise. We are pleased to see the president take a bold stance and advocate for this badly-needed pay adjustment."
That raise would come on top of the half-point pay hike scheduled to take effect in late March, which has been delayed as part of the fiscal cliff deal struck last month. Federal salaries have been frozen since 2011.
The Pentagon also announced plans to raise salaries by 1 percent earlier this week.
While union leaders agreed that it was nice to see the president fight for an increase, some voiced concern the raise was not sufficient.
“While the president’s proposal for a 1 percent pay increase for federal workers in 2014 is better than a pay freeze, I don’t feel like jumping and shouting for joy,” Carl Goldman, executive director of the AFSCME Council 26 told Government Executive.