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#1 I don't see a problem---just cut military salaries/benefits and use the money.
Posted by g(r)omgoru 2013-02-11 01:16||
#2 "Unconscionable" indeed. Only a federal employee's union representative would label a wage increase a reduction, then bitch about it. Perhaps they should all simply walk out? A work slowdown would certainly go unnoticed. Hopefully the IRS will lead the way.
Posted by Besoeker 2013-02-11 05:51||
#3 If you sack some employees then you'll have more money for the remaining.
Posted by Bright Pebbles 2013-02-11 06:52||
#4 With 14 percent real unemployment, maybe its time to suspend the Civil Service Act*, and open jobs to competition. *Why should everyone else but government have uncontrolled open borders [re: regulations] that can provide employers with an unlimited labor pool? What's good for everyone else should be good for the government as well.
Posted by Procopius2k 2013-02-11 08:54||
#5 A dissolution of the Civil Service Act would unhinge 60+ years of civil rights, advances in social justice and women's rights. Paternoster lakes will appear in hell prior to the end of the Civil Service.
Posted by Besoeker 2013-02-11 09:10||
#6 You are right, sir.
You are all fired.
Posted by DarthVader 2013-02-11 10:21||
#7 Go ahead. Go on strike.
Posted by Alaska Paul 2013-02-11 12:06||
#8 The greediest of the greediest are the US government. I'm of mind to fire everyone in that damn thing. I do not want, need, or desire 32 million idiots sucking on the tit.
Posted by newc 2013-02-11 14:00||
#9 This is one reason why (among a litany) that I'm not a member of the AFGE.
Mr. Cox, you tone-deaf bastard.
Posted by Pappy 2013-02-11 14:39||
#10 One of the big problems is that we always talk about pay raised for EVERY federal employee, regardless of series, grade or performance.
Why would all feds get a raise? I'm all for breaking it down to high performing, valuable employees getting a raise and the ticks going without. I'm pretty confident I'd do fine and many others wouldn't.
But putting a blanket pay freeze on the federal service for 3 years is driving hard to retain professionals out. I have a job interview at 0900 in the morning with a regional utility company and, if the job and compensation look right, I'm gonna take it.
Who will do my job that I currently do at my agency?
I don't really care...I've been kicked around alot the last few years. You can't treat experienced engineers like janitors for very long before they start jumping ship.
But I digress, pay raises for strong performers and valuable people, but not for everybody would be my recommendation. That way you keep the people you want and need the most.
Posted by bigjim-CA 2013-02-11 14:57||
#11 That's not how democracies work, bigjim-CA. The categories with the biggest numbers (mediocre-poor performers) get the best deals & the minorities (strong performers) get screwed. That's why we were set up as a republic.
Posted by Glenmore 2013-02-11 15:39||
#12 So quit. See ya.
Posted by Muggsy Mussolini1226 2013-02-11 16:56||
#13 Please keep in mind, General Service "Step Increases" and "Annual Bonuses".... can by some, be viewed as pay raises as well. Matter of fact, I'm one of em!
Posted by Besoeker 2013-02-11 16:58||
#14 So tell 'em to quit. The private sector's doing just fine so they should have no problem picking something up at the same or even more money and bennies.
Barry Obama told me.
Posted by tu3031 2013-02-11 21:08||