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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Wed Feb 6, 2013, 01:22 PM

10. Let's clear up a few things-

As a retired military soldier, and current federal employee- let me clear up a few things that obviously some folks have gotten wrong already in this thread.


#1. A raise of 1% instead of 1.7% is still a raise, it's NOT a pay cut.

#2. Soldiers have gotten significant pay boosts over the last decade or more. In fact, the current pay system is set up so that it gives military people +0.5% MORE than the Department of Labor cost of wages. It has been that way in law for more than a decade (90's gave military 0.5% MORE than DoL cost of wages since late 1990's).

#3. Which is exactly the opposite of the law for federal employees, which says to give federal employees 0.5% LESS than the increase in the cost of wages in D of Labor data.

#4. Soldiers have gotten increases every year.

#5. Federal employees have been frozen for the now into our THIRD YEAR, and the current proposal is to raise it 0.7% in March this year, rather than in January when it should have been given (by the legal formula, it has been January every year since the Reagan administration ) .


Federal employees don't mind helping cut spending, but we've had no increases for three years, and we feel we've done our share to help with the budget.

Soldiers generally feel we've done well, and getting only 1% instead of 1.7% in a raise is still a raise, and we're thankful with the support the American people have given.

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