I wanted to talk about the Pope resigning his popery today, but I figure every news agency is going to devote serious time to that news story and I like to cover news that maybe doesn’t get enough attention. The real story of the day is the statement from the American Federation of Government Employees. Apparently the increase in pay they’ve been offered is “absolutely unconscionable.”
Granted, federal employees have been under a two-year pay freeze and have now only been offered a one percent raise, which is really for inflationary index more than it is for anything else. But that isn’t enough? I mean the military has had limited pay raises tied to inflation for the last three years have been in the one and a half percent range and Secretary Panetta is recommending a mere one percent for 2014 and beyond.
I suppose this tirade from federal employees has more to do with how little they are paid in relation to those working in the private sector. When you factor in all the people in the private sector you come away with an hourly total of $28.24 for those working in the private sector. That is not a terrible number when you think about it, some make more, some make less, but that is a nice median. Gosh, federal employees much make so much less to be complaining. Hmm, let us see, when you factor in all the benefits and etc, their average salary comes to….$40.76. Woah.
I guess they are so under compensated it is ridiculous. However, if you compare their salary with private sector employees who work for companies with more than 500 employees only you get more parity, because those people earn an average of $40.75. Seems like these Federal Employees are just barely over the poverty line…what ever shall we do. They make more than their counterparts and most of them have a much nicer pension plan to boot. But I guess when you suckle from the government teat, just like those on welfare, it is never enough.
Look, I understand people work hard and want to be recognized through pay the appreciation of their work, but a government employee is different. Most of them shuffle papers all day long and do little but cyber loaf, many of them are hyper redundant because it is damn near impossible to fire a government employee which is why the turnover rate is one-quarter what it is in the private sector. If sequestration hits they won’t have to worry about that pay raise, they’ll be trying to figure out what to do when half of them are on furlough for 22 days of the month.
Looks like it might be time for some of them to take a peek at private industry…which is sad because employers will probably only hire part-time workers so they can avoid the Obamacare taxation.
Good luck with all that saber rattling and bitching government unionists. I’m sure you won’t get screwed at all.