(Closed) Propsed Freeze on Federal Employee Wages

posted 8 years ago in Career
  • poll: Where do you stand?
    This a a great idea! : (44 votes)
    45 %
    Four square against it! : (18 votes)
    19 %
    It's a start, but not really the answer we need : (31 votes)
    32 %
    other : (4 votes)
    4 %
  • Post # 3
    Hostess
    18641 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    My husband and I are both federal employees.  I’m sort of confused what it will mean for us.  Is it just COLA or is it any sort of raise at all?  I’m supposed to go up to higher GS levels for the next few years so I wonder if this will cut that off.

    Post # 5
    Member
    14185 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    Most companies are cutting back on raises and doing salary freezes. It only makes sense that government employees get dragged into this, but i do realize it’s way sucky. But you certainly aren’t the only ones.

    My company’s doing the same stuff and i’m not thrilled (the government’s our customer so you know what they say about it flowing downsteam, lol), but it seems to be how everybody is rolling in this economy unfortunately.

    I’m just waiting for the day they take paid holidays away from us =(

    Post # 6
    Member
    3176 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    The last job I had froze increases (the alternative was to close some schools, it was a daycare). I was hired on a month before the freeze went into effect, when I left over 2 years later I still hadnt recieved an increase. Sometimes no matter how sucky things seem they have to be done.

    Post # 7
    Member
    1030 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    Oh boy, this is gonna be sticky.
    Government should stay in line with the private sector on things like this. I’m a state employee, also making far less than what I could make elsewhere, and haven’t received a pay raise in 2 years. Sucks but hey, it’s a recession.

    Post # 8
    Member
    2090 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I’m a private sector employee and haven’t gotten a raise (including a COLA increase) for 3 years now. I also used to receive a yearly bonus which was approx. $5k-7k, and that has been slashed as well.

    I think it sucks for federal employees, of course, but I’m not surprised to see it proposed.

    Post # 9
    Hostess
    18641 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    @helenberrycrunch: I agree with you.  Some articles are saying that gov’t employees are way overpaid but I’m completely the opposite.  I’m making a lot less than I was in the public sector (and I have more education now).

    Post # 10
    Member
    2214 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I will be a federal employee starting next August, so I’m not a fan if it affects the GS levels.  The pay raises is one of the selling points of working for the government.  I’m going to be a lawyer, so I could make a lot more in the private sector, but the government offers stability, decent pay but pretty good after you’ve been there a few years, room for growth, and good benefits.

    Post # 11
    Member
    2394 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2010

    I’m not a huge fan, but that has more to do with what I perceive to be the motives behind the proposal than anything else.

    Post # 12
    Member
    3709 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    Honestly, it’s not the best solution or the only one, but I think it’s definitely a start. It’s not just the federal government…LOTS of companies are taking this same approach, even when the companies are showing profit. I don’t see it as penalizing federal employees…the economy is tough for EVERYONE.

    Post # 13
    Member
    638 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    I think it’s a start. Basically, the private sector has been in this situation for several years, so I think the government needs to start making cuts as well. I personally hadn’t gotten a raise in three years, benefits were reduced and then was laid off in the summer. Whatever job I find at this point is definitely not going to pay anywhere near as well given the state of the economy.

    Unfortunately, the economic situation is forcing sacrifices on everyone.

    Post # 14
    Member
    4137 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    it’s just COLA!

    while i’m a federal employee, i don’t think suspending COLA is a bad idea. it’s not much money and definitely something i can go without.

    for anyone who says government workers are overpaid, that’s only a small segment of the workforce. a lot of us could be making a lot more money in the private sector, but we stay in the government because we like its mission.

    Post # 15
    Hostess
    18641 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    @kitzy: So it is for sure just COLA?  If so, that’s great!

    Post # 16
    Member
    4137 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    @MrsSaltWaterTaffy: yep! read the washington post article.

    i was in tears all morning thinking it applied to GS increases too.

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