reply to post by scrounger
I am going to once and for all explain to you why you are wrong.
First - As a federal employee, I am on the GS pay scale. This scale is a set salary with 10 sub "steps" that, after a certain percentage of time of
employment the employee is upgraded another step. You start at step 1, and after 3 years of employment, for instance, you go to step 2 and see a
marginal pay increase.
Once you reach step 10, you are at the top, and must either get a new position at a new grade level. If I was a GS-5 step 10 - in order to make more
money I'd have to go to GS-6. Keep in mind that a GS-5 step 10 would actually make more money then a GS-6 step 1. The GS scale is about
responsibilities, and the steps are about seniority.
Now, why did I explain that to you? Because once you reach step 10, you are basically on a fixed income unless you apply, interview and are accepted
for a new position.
This is why federal workers complain about not getting a COLA increase.
This differs from the private sector because, although a lot of companies don't offer straight up COLA increases you do get other benefits, and I
94 percent of employers give promotional increases as the result of result of higher or greater level of job responsibility;
92 percent give merit increases for superior work;
76 percent give market adjustment increases;
64 percent give internal equity adjustments; and,
42 percent have pay differentials (usually related to atypical schedule, hazardous or unsecure work environment, special skill set or
Federal workers receive NONE of the above benefits. A private sector employer can grant an employee more responsibility and thus higher income - that
does not apply in the Federal sector because the EMPLOYEE must compete for a higher position with more responsibility - and that's if the elevated
position even exists at all.
Federal employees do not get merit increases for superior work.
Federal employees do not get market adjustment increases.
Federal employees do not get internal equity adjustments.
Federal employees do not get pay differentials. If you work the night shift, you work the night shift.
Federal employees typically can't get overtime. And if we are authorized overtime, you don't actually make more money - you earn extra time off.
Federal employees DO normally get COLA increases.
So yes, while many companies do not give COLA increases, the private sector has many other benefits Federal employees do not have. So quit complaining
And, for your information - I was indeed active duty Navy for 13 years. I joined in 1999, was let go September of 2012. The Navy was downsizing and I
got caught up in it. I was 7 years away from retirement, medical benefits and all sorts of other benefits that I lost. My job in the Navy was AT
(Aviation Electronics Technician). I couldn't find a lot of work as an AT, so I retrained / realigned to the IT sector. Now I work for the Department
of the Navy as a civil servant (or Federal employee).
So yes, I do know what's like for millions of other Americans. I was one of them. However, I did what was necessary to keep working. That is why my
sympathy for many Americans has simply run out. I did it, why can't you (not *you* but other unemployed Americans).
ETA: And the unemployment rate is NOT as you state at an all time high. Proof again, that you are infact, mistaken.
ETA2: Nobody is arguing that Government spending is out of control. But again, I will stress to you that COLA increases are because of inflation. Food
prices rises because of inflation, that cost is offset by the increase of COLA. It doesn't result in positive spending, it simply cancels out
Educate yourself on our Governments spending habits -
Federal Spending by the Numbers - 2012
31-12-2012 by zeeon because: (no reason given)