Trump signs off on pay raise for federal workforce

Federal workers got a post-Christmas gift on Friday when President Donald Trump gave the order approving the largest pay raise in a decade.

Trump signed an executive order last week that will implement the terms of a bill he signed on December 20, The Hill reported.

Huge raise

Under its terms, most government employees will be given a raise of at least 2.6 percent by the beginning of the first full pay period in 2020. For most, this will be on January 5.

According to The Washington Post, additional raises will also be given to staff based on their location. Those residing in the Washington D.C.-Baltimore area will see their pay increase by 3.53 percent, while workers in San Francisco, Seattle, New York, San Diego, and Los Angeles can expect raises between 3.3 and 3.4 percent.

On December 20, Trump sent a tweet out that praised “our incredible workforce” and contained a letter explaining the new changes.

“In 2020, most Federal Employees will see their PAY INCREASE by an average of 3.1 percent – the largest raise in more than 10 years,” the letter read.

Paid parental leave

Trump also spoke of a new parental leave benefit that was included in one of the appropriations bills that he signed earlier in the month.

“I am proud to report that after decades of empty promises and inaction, the legislation I have signed into law provides 12 WEEKS OF PAID PARENTAL LEAVE FOR FEDERAL EMPLOYEES,” the president declared.

“This ensures that parents are not forced to choose between their jobs and spending precious time with their children,” he went on.

“Strong and thriving families are the true source of America’s success — and the key to America’s future. As the chief executive of the Country’s largest workforce, I am proud to say that our Government is leading by example in changing the culture of how we support working families.”

Expanded parental leave is a cause that the president’s daughter Ivanka Trump has long campaigned for, and something she addressed at the 2016 Republican convention.

“At my father’s company, there are more female than male executives, women are paid equally for the work that we do, and when a woman becomes a mother she is supported, not shut out,” she said in her speech.

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