National Treasury Employees Union President Colleen M. Kelley said that she is lobbying agencies to release the back pay even sooner, asking them to issue an extra payroll roll run before the next payday.
"A lot of federal employees just received their paycheck on Tuesday," Kelley said. "That means they'll have to wait two weeks to receive their back pay. We don't think they should have to do that."
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Additionally, workers can look forward to a pay hike in January.
Federal employees have had to deal with a pay freeze on cost-of-living increases for three years, although merit-based raises have been permitted.