Kevin Carter replied to the topic Preventing a Flame War – 717 Comments & I Work for Uncle Sam in the forum Leadership, Management, Supervision 8 years, 1 month ago
I think part of the problem is on the part of us Federal employees. We need to seriously think about what are the proper levels of compensation for our work and what should we be expected to pay into our pensions. Federal employees didn’t cause the deficit, but we are a large source of spending and any attempt to examine the proper role of compensation doesn’t necessarily need to be seen as an attack – even as unions like to perpetuate it as such.
As a FERS employee, I receive a 15-to-1 match for every dollar that I pay into my retirement. Is that fair? Eh, not sure, but it’s certainly generous. Far more generous than what public sector employees at the state and local levels receive (they get about a 2-to-1 benefit match). But recent efforts to bring the amount we contribute into line with state and local levels (including a proposal by the President to increase employee contributions) was met with a war of words – on both sides of the aisle.
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