U.S. taxpayers fund fat salaries, bennies at U.N.
The $7.7 billion Americans send to the United Nations
...a formerly good idea gone bad...
every year helps fund a bloated staff that earn as much as 44 percent more than comparable federal workers in Washington, get up to 40 days off each year, annual tuition benefits of up to $32,255, massive housing subsidies and four months of paid maternity leave, according to a new Heritage Foundation report.
The salary bracket with the most U.N. professional employees in it earns $136,351 compared to $104,704 for equivalent civil servants in Washington, said the report, citing the U.N.'s International Civil Service Commission.
Report author Brett Schaefer explained that to determine salaries, the United Nations uses U.S. federal wage levels then adds in a cost-of-living adjustment depending on where the employee lives. In New York, where a substantial portion of U.N. employees live, the U.N. cost-of-living adjustment is much higher than that used by the U.S. government and results in a salary more than 31 percent higher than equivalent level federal worker living in Washington.
The report urges the United States to fight the U.N.'s plan to raise salaries 2.2 percent this year, at a time when federal wages are frozen and nationwide unemployment is 7.8 percent. Schaefer said that the U.N. has been on a wage and benefit increase binge over the past few years, and as a result. "U.N. compensation--already more generous than that paid by the member states to their own civil servants--has grown even more lavish."
The United States funds about 22 percent of the U.N.'s budget. In the past, the U.S. has sought a pay freeze, but been ignored by the General Assembly....
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