The moral case for unionsÃ¢â¬âprotecting working families from exploitationÃ¢â¬âdoes not apply to public employment.
I'm a gov't employee, so lets get a few things straight:
1) "Federal employees receive an average of $123,049 annually in pay and benefits, twice the average of the private sector"
WRONG ! Its amazing how so many of you morons believe the media on this absolutely bloated number. Do you really think the average fed employee gets that much in pay and benefits ?
2) "Unions are not needed in the public sector"
WRONG ! If you worked in federal law enforcement, you'd know rather quickly how important it is. You are treated like a number rather than a person sometimes, and if you get in a sticky situation, good luck. Unions help to represent you. Add that to the fact that you have high level administration who have never worked in the trenches trying to create policy. You absolutely need a union to keep things in check.
Is it so bad to have a union that asks for a small 2 or 3% raise every year ? Doubtful. Yah, us feds are so spoiled.
Lets go back to pay and benefits.
If you work at the Bureau of Prisons, max non-supervisory pay is $58,000 gs8. At the marshalls, its $64,000 gs9. This is generally obtained after about 15 years of service. Starting pay is $38,000 both places.
Lets use the BOP as an example. $58,000 base pay. If you work all holidays and evening shift, your pay is now $66,000. Add medical benefits $500 / month, you're at $72,000. Add the 401k match, 2900, you're at $75,000. Thats total pay and benefits.
Marshalls, just add about $7,000 to that, and thats $82,000 TOTAL pay and benefits after 15 years.
Obviously there are agencies that make more and make less. But this figure I'm using is about the same for all fed. law enforcement. Some agencies add 25% more to that as they get 25% added to their pay in case they have mandatory OT.
Now, this is LAW ENFORCEMENT PAY. It is higher than the regular GS schedule. So a GS5 law enforcement makes a lot more than GS5 non-law enforcement.
And you can bet that the average Fed worker is not a GS13 or higher. As the only way this $123,000 can make sense is if the workers were all GS13. At my place of employment, there's only 7 people out of 350 that are GS13 or higher.
Now lets discuss defined-benefit plans, ie pensions for gov't workers. How to expect the gov't to keep its employees without a benefit that outweighs the private sector. The gov't DEFINITELY PAYS LESS than the PRIVATE SECTOR. All gov't employees know this. But somehow the media thinks differently. Why shouldn't i seek more income if I can get it in the private sector ? Its simple, gov't pays less b/c they private a pension during retirement. Also, its a statisctical fact that law enforcement officers live on average 15 years less than everyone else b/c of the stress. How will the gov't retain loyal, talented people without good benefits. You'll have crazy turnover !
Ok thats it for now. I might add more later.