The administration is expected to include a 1.9 percent pay increase for federal employees in its 2018 budget proposal due this month.
NTEU rejects that figure as too small. An increase of only 1.9 percent would not be enough to help federal employees make up for years of nearly stagnant wages while costs continue to rise and private-sector wages have gone up.
The union supports House and Senate legislation providing employees with a 3.2 percent pay raise for 2018. That would help federal wages get back on track.
NTEU last year also argued that the 1.6 percent pay raise presented by the previous administration was too low, and the union was instrumental in getting it increased to 2.1 percent.