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  • Highly Paid Federal Workers Rally to Support Union Allies in Wisconsin

    Today at noon, the National Treasury Employees Union plans to rally at the U.S. Capitol in support of public-sector employees. The rally follows ongoing protests in Wisconsin, Indiana and Ohio — demonstrations that are part of broader budget battles playing out across America.

    The entrance of federal workers into the debate only further illustrates the hypocrisy of the protests, given the great disparity between the pay and benefits of public-sector employees and their private-sector counterparts.

    According to a House Republican Study Committee policy brief, federal-sector employees have posted surprising salary and benefit gains throughout the recent recession.

    Consider: There are more workers in the federal government earning at least $100,000 than $40,000. In 2008, the average federal salary, including benefits, was $72,800 — and that number is projected to grow to more than $75,000 by 2010, according to a CBS News report. Since the recession began in 2007, public worker pay has risen 7.8 percent.

    All in all, more than 82,000 federal jobs have been added since December 2008.

    Meanwhile, personal income for Americans, not counting government benefits, has fallen by 3.2 percent since President Obama took office. The private sector has also shed an estimated 7 million jobs in the past three years.

    Federal employees simply make more than their private-sector counterparts. In fact, the average federal employee earns 57 percent greater cash pay and 85 percent greater total compensation than the average private-sector worker, according to research from Heritage’s James Sherk.

    The Republican Study Committee found this federal pay premium cuts across all job categories — white-collar, blue-collar, management, professional, technical and low-skill.

    Seems like federal employees have all the “support” they need.

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    7 Responses to Highly Paid Federal Workers Rally to Support Union Allies in Wisconsin

    1. George Colgrove, VA says:

      It is very clear that the federal workforce is working against the wishes of the American people by such protest against their bosses (the American People).

      We do not have any real reason to continue supporting them at such extravagant ways. We have the vote -we can vote to force typical private sector wages on them. They often obfuscate that they are not paid nearly enough. If they believe their own obfuscations, then this will be welcoming news for us and a really big awakening for them.

    2. Bobbie says:

      "we know Wisconsinites are suffering!" Who specifically are the Wisconsinites when all that are being defended are the unions and union members (some that can retaliate against children?) Failing to acknowledge the real suffering of those you're thieving. Failing to acknowledge the under achievements of students under government education. HOLD YOURSELF ACCOUNTABLE!

      Get the government unions out. They are unfit in a civil society of free people, unfair in a civil society of free people and insubordinate to American principles.

    3. Chris says:

      The last time I worked for the Federal government (DoD) was over 25 years ago, in IT. Although at the time it was possible to leave and get similar work in the private sector for anywhere from 10-15% more, base pay, not too many did. The smorgasbord of health plans from which to choose, generous holidays, vacation and sick days, plus almost ironclad job security and generous retirement potential outweighed the short-term base pay gain at the expense of tenous job security. (I did leave, anyway, to pursue the pastorate, but that's an exception, to be sure.) Typical scewing (and screwing) of what's going on in Wisconsin into a warped vision of worldwide union-busting in general.

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    5. Mary, NY says:

      The public anger toward over-compensated federal workers is legitimate, but it should be targeted more precisely – not at the GS and WG employees whose wages are public knowledge and whose salaries have recently languished, but at the 30% of the Federal workforce whose salaries are ‘administratively determined’ (i.e., AD employees). Each federal agency may set its own AD pay rules, and protected from public scrutiny, some agencies have allowed their top salaries to rise to the maximum allowed under law: $400,000, the current salary limit for the President of the United States! That’s more than 2 times higher than any Congressional salary, or any listed in the readily available pay scales for GS, WG, and even executive service (ES) Federal workers. One example of these excesses is to be found at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS). Until 2008, its top salaries were limited to $192,000, about the top limit of executive service employees. In that year an administration and faculty concerned about how ‘low’ their salaries were compared with private universities, requested that Congress raise the pay limit at USUHS to $400,000. Hiding it in the middle of a Defense appropriations bill, Congress obliged. Many USUHS salaries are now in the >$200,000 range, a fact that is not easy to discover in a typical Google search.

      Because the salaries and raises in the AD system at the discretion of supervisors, the yearly increase can be much higher than for GS and WG employees. For example, USUHS gave its faculty and across-the-board 8% the year before last, when the GS employees at that institution received little more than 2%.

      You may go to the USUHS site to see these remarkable numbers for yourself (http://www.usuhs.mil/chr/som-sep-2010.pdf).

      I hope that future discussion of ‘federal’ vs. ‘private’ salary and benefits will all closer attention to the different pay systems in the Federal government, and how they are both used and abused.

    6. Mary, NY says:

      The public anger toward over-compensated federal workers is legitimate, but it should be targeted more precisely – not at the GS and WG employees whose wages are public knowledge and whose salaries have recently languished, but at the 30% of the Federal workforce whose salaries are ‘administratively determined’ (i.e., AD employees). Each federal agency may set its own AD pay rules, and protected from public scrutiny, some agencies have allowed their top salaries to rise to the maximum allowed under law: $400,000, the current salary limit for the President of the United States! That’s more than 2 times higher than any Congressional salary, or any listed in the readily available pay scales for GS, WG, and even executive service (ES) Federal workers. One example of these excesses is to be found at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS). Until 2008, its top salaries were limited to $192,000, about the top limit of executive service employees. In that year an administration and faculty concerned about how ‘low’ their salaries were compared with private universities, requested that Congress raise the pay limit at USUHS to $400,000. Hiding it in the middle of a Defense appropriations bill, Congress obliged.

      You may go to the USUHS site to see these remarkable numbers for yourself (http://www.usuhs.mil/chr/som-sep-2010.pdf).

    7. snydrhrry says:

      Someone said that the thee worst faults of humans are the desire for power, money and status. This is confirmed by the greed of "public" employees. Power and status comes from having positions which place wealth in the hands of greedy people. Madoff comes to mind along with others I won't mention, although the names are familiar…..

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