Readers Weigh in on Federal Employee Pay Raise for 2015

By on February 25, 2014 in Current Events, Pay & Benefits with 109 Comments

In a survey of readers, we asked the question yesterday: “How much will Obama propose for a raise for federal employees in the budget request for 2015?

The answer from readers was fairly definitive: 1% was the option that received the largest number of votes from more than 4200 people that participated in the survey. Here are the results:

No raise 22.79%
1% 43.59%
2% 21.42%
3% 7.39%
4% or more 4.82%

We posted the survey on Sunday afternoon, February 23rd. Most readers voted in the survey on Monday morning, February 24th.

Coincidentally, news reports surfaced Monday afternoon that the president would be proposing a 1% pay increase in his budget–exactly what more than 43% of those participating in the survey had predicted.

Federal employees received a 1% pay raise in 2014. The overall pay was frozen for three years starting in 2011 although the average federal employee salary went up during that time because of promotions and within-grade increases.

AFGE criticized the pay raise proposal in this way: “President Obama has said that his upcoming budget will reflect an ‘end to austerity.’ We wholeheartedly support that. But a 1 percent pay raise for federal employees who have seen more austerity than anyone else is pitiful.”

With more than 300,000 federal employees and retirees living and working in Maryland, Democratic Senator Barbara Milulski of Maryland had a different reaction. She praised the pay raise proposal in this way: “I’m pleased that President Obama has proposed a COLA for federal employees in 2015. This modest COLA would go a long way in further recognizing the value of federal employees and help bring to a close years of pay freezes.”

More than 300 readers took the time to submit their comments with regard to a possible pay raise next year. Most of the comments were similar to the union’s reaction noted above. Here are a few sample reactions from readers that are fairly typical of those submitted:

  • I think he will propose at least 1%, perhaps 1.5%, and if all is well after 2014 election then perhaps a 2% raise. That would be nice and start to make up for our three years of with no raises at all which is essentially a pay loss due to inflation which causes a decline in the buying power of our wages being the same while prices continue to rise.
  • Somewhere between 1-1.5 and ZERO! They are cutting military, spending if out of control…I hope America can survive another 3 years till the nightmare is OVER!
  • Since we haven’t had one from 3 yrs prior; it would be nice to have the Pay Pairity Act gives us a raise to keep up with inflation.
  • He doesn’t care about the Federal work Force. From what I have seen he doesn’t care about anyone but, his own agenda. Federal workers have taken a huge hit under his leadership.
  • A 1% pay raise is nothing since everything else from fuel to food goes up 10% every year.
  • Since federal employees are scapegoats, I believe Congress will shoot down any kind of pay increase for us.
  • This will be the maximum, I say somewhere between 1.5% and 2 %
  • This may be wishful thinking but I think we deserve it!!
  • It needs to be at least 3% as most federal employees are doing the work of everyone whom has left and as an outstanding GS-7 employee my wages were at 2009 levels which is very discouraging and totally unfair.
  • 1% because it’s now status quo and their wasn’t a backlash from the general public or federal employees.
  • Can’t wait until we get a new leader. Let those who don’t want to work make a few sacrifices!!!
  • The Republican controlled Congress still sees a target on the backs of Federal Employees to resolve the National Debt, and is only interested in seeing how much money and/or benefits they can take away from the Federal Employees – not how much they will give to the Federal Employees!
  • I think he will propose at least 1%, perhaps 1.5%, and if all is well after 2014 election then perhaps a 2% raise. That would be nice and start to make up for our three years of with no raises at all which is essentially a pay loss due to inflation which causes a decline in the buying power of our wages being the same while prices continue to rise.
  • I still think he is a fair and just president overall. He means our nation good.
  • The American People in general, and middle class working men and women in particular, were lied to and manipulated by this administration.

As many readers know, the administration’s budget proposal is just the first step in a long process. The eventual pay raise, if any, will involve Congress and the decision on a pay raise is a political one. There is usually not a definitive answer to “How much will the next federal pay raise be?” until late in the year.

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  1. Zachary Lassiter says:

    Looks like COLA information is being released for 2015 Social Security recipients.

    http://disabilityand.me/2015-s

    • HRGuy71 says:

      The article you cited discussed the 2014 COLA increase that took effect in January. The 2015 COLA increase will be available in October of this year (as also noted in the link that you cited)

  2. Tutu says:

    Ask yourself, are you better off financially now than you were fives years ago? I am down about 35-40 thousand during that time and it is growing.

  3. Tutu says:

    My household income has decreased by several thousand dollars since Obama took office. And it will continue to drop during the remaining time he will serve. His goal is to take away from those who worked three jobs, saved and invested, lived below their means in order to have a good retirement and redistribute it to those who spent every dime they every made, lived above their means and now have little to retire on. It isn’t just the one percenter’s, it is the average middle class family. You are getting what you voted for. Just wait until inflation kicks in and you have not seen anything like it. Food, fuel, utilities has gone up and it isn’t included in the CPI for colas or raises. Just plan on tightening your belts. Oh, that will probably not include congress. They can vote their own raises.

    • 88maverick says:

      Tutu:

      With all due respect, turn off Fox News and grab a history book. Obama inherited a mess — by your logic the janitor should be blamed for the puke in the restroom or the relief pitcher blamed for a 10-0 score as he entered the game. I’ll gladly take my 1% over no job, I’ll take my 1% over a trashed TSP balance and a stock market crash. All I know is that I’m a hell of a lot better off than before Obama took the helm.

      • Hit Manfan says:

        The mess he inherited was mostly caused by Barney Frank and Chris Dodd requiring Frannie and Freddy to give out no doc home loans to people who couldn’t make the payments. When the interest rates went up so did the rates on their ARM loans and they defaulted by the thousands. And since he was elected Obama has made the problem much worse. Maybe you should quit regurgatating liberal talking points and start thinking for yourself.

  4. give us 7.4% says:

    Mr. President and Congress-pony up with a 7.4% raise in 2015-that will bring us up to fair pay cost of living

    • Steve Neal says:

      Needs to be about 12% to correct for the three ZERO percent raises from 2010-2013, and at least 9% to get our retirement investment plans back on track.

    • mandinka says:

      If feds were brought up to what the private sector pays they would all lose $40-50 thousand

      • Steve Neal says:

        70% of feds only make $50K… (GS-3 through 9)

        • mandinka says:

          Sorry that number has been verified by more than 10 outside groups who looked a federal compensation. You can do it yourself. Just log on to OPM’s website and pull down the Total $$ in compensation divided by total number of employees

          • Pickles says:

            Nope, the average Federal employee salary is $49K, which is also verified by exactly what you suggested – OPM website. Do you actually read the things you use for cites, because they never support the things you claim. Ya know, kind of like that hilarious post where you claimed that the average federal income is $130K annual, which would make most Federal employees SES 15s.

          • mandinka says:

            Sorry as I’ve stated before that number $130,000 has been verified by more than 10 outside groups from USA Today to the Wall St Journal, Cato to Heritage to name a few

          • Pickles says:

            Yeah, yeah, yeah, you’ve stated that “10 outside groups from USA Today to the Wall St Journal, Cato to Heritage” have said that most Fed employees make $130,000 per year (equal to more than an SES 15 income) yet a Google search using your claimed info brings up nada. You have yet to post a link to anything that proves your fairytale. Are you honestly saying that almost all employees in an office would have to be executive management? Yep, an office filled with top level management with no subordinate workers. I call BS. My Federal office has more than 500 employees, with only 2 employees SES with an income of around $130,000. Across the board, other agencies operate the same. By a show of hands, how many Federal empoyees reading this thread work in an office where the majority of the employees are SES 15? You are making yourself out to be a fool if you really think that the rest of us are going to even remotely believe your claim. So I will ask one more time, back up your claims with some actual verified cites, and by cites, I mean something substantial, not your comment “10 outside groups from USA Today to the Wall St Journal, Cato to Heritage blah blah blah. Show us the actual reports with valid evidence. And just to remind you before you start twisting – Your claims of the $130,000 were of paycheck income, so don’t twist and turn now by adding in Federal benefits. You said $130.000 INCOME. So put up or shut up.

          • HRGuy71 says:

            I was curious enough to look. He (mandinka) is probably referring to information such as this: “According to BEA data, the average federal employee salary in 2010 was $83,679 and $51,986 for the average private sector salary….When benefits are added in, the average compensation for each federal employee comes to $126,141. For private sector workers, the average compensation package, including benefits, was $62,757 for the same year.” It is apparently based on the Bureau of Economic Analysis data for 2010.

            http://www.fedsmith.com/2012/0

            If the link does not come through, I found this using the search engine on this website with the keywords, average federal salary and this article (among others) popped up.

          • Pickles says:

            Yes, that was mentioned to Mandinka on one of this comments where he made the $130 K claim, but he clearly stated that the $130,000 was wages. Others replied to him that these numbers were salary plus benefits with information that you posted, but he continued to state that it was based only on wages.

            He is either misunderstanding the things he reads, such as the info you posted or he is misrepresenting information with a twist to make it look like it is supporting his claims against Federal employee when in reality, he is only being disingenuous.

            So he’s either lacking in ability to comprehend written word or giving half truths and misrepresenting facts to troll the board. Either one wouldn’t surprise me.

          • mandinka says:

            Pickles this isn’t rocket science. FedSmith and Gov Ex have all posters articles on this topic repeatedly. Why even you can do the research. Just go the OPM website and they list total Fed compensation and then divide it by the number that they provide of the size of the federal workforce.

          • Pickles says:

            AGAIN – and obviously you don’t understand this “not rocket science” stuff. As HRGuy71 pointed out below, the articles are combining the salary WITH THE BENEFITS for a combined $126,141, which is not what you said to start this discussion. You specifically said that Federal employees GET PAID $130,000.00 annually. You were wrong and lying like you usually do. The employees who GET PAID a salary of $130,000.00 are SES 15, which is most definitely not “most Federal employees”, like you said. If you want people to take you seriously, stop making up “facts” and research the “facts” you state (if you would have, we could have avoided this entire debate because you would have understood the $130K includes benefits and is not wages as you claimed). But we all know you won’t. It is more fun to sit home and collect your tax payer funded support that all of us Federal employees fund through our taxes.

          • mandinka says:

            It most certainly is. Do you think no one has to pay for those benefits?? Most fed benefits don’t exist in the private sector so its included in the compensation figure. And Allllll of my posts say compensation

          • Hit Manfan says:

            Which benefits are those? Vacation? Sick Leave?

          • mandinka says:

            FERS, 401K, FICA, life ins, and and and

          • Pickles says:

            Yeah, okay. Those legs of yours must be getting tired from all the back peddling. Let me remind you of what you said, since your memory is selective and you are less than honest. You said PAY, not compensation. “Of course Sylvia failed to address how much longer the taxpayers can afford to pay CS $130,000 on avg a year.”

          • mandinka says:

            I reread my posts above and EVERY one I said Fed compensation

          • Pickles says:

            Really? Because I didn’t retype this, I cut and pasted it directly from your post. “Of course Sylvia failed to address how much longer the taxpayers can afford to pay CS $130,000 on avg a year.” See that? PAY. Your words. Maybe you need to go back to school and learn to read. It shouldn’t be too hard, I mean “pay” is only a little three letter word.

          • mandinka says:

            and?? That’s correct pay which is compensation

          • Jdammann says:

            It sounds like that information came out of the District of Columbia and not valid for anywhere else except maybe a few major cities in California and New York, where I live and work the average is closer to 35-45k per year, 1 supervisor GS11, 9 GS6’s and 3 wg8’s , I make less than 20 an hour, I work with folks who have masters and doctorates that are 20K below the 100K threshold so, yea.. I don’t know where you get your statistics but the only 5 people I know who make 100k+ run entire districts covering over 1000 employees and huge areas of natural resources. I’m leaving federal service after 13 years partially due to where I live folks at Walmart make as much as a starting fisheries biologist haha oh, and all they have to do is welcome folks and stock shelves (not taking away from them, but I doubt they had to spend 70k on an education to be competitive for these low wage jobs) in federal service, BTW, folks complain about federal workers because they believe this is the 1950’s and govt. jobs are the “best”, in fact I’ve been furloughed 8 times sense starting, so not the strongest argument but still in my experience fed workers are under paid for their education and skill sets accross this country.

          • Whatmeworry says:

            Unfortunately like most Feds you have no idea what your compensation is worth. The folks at Walmart are answerable every day to their bosses and unfortunately you never are.
            The avg Fed opening attracts 10,000 applications. Because once your in its a job for life with no claw backs. Wait until you have to come in on time work 40 hours and PRODUCE a product you””lll be back

          • Jdammann says:

            Would you consider raising 100’s of millions of juvenile salmonids a “product” if not then you’re right. I don’t really know how much money those salmon are worth to you but to me they are priceless.

          • Whatmeworry says:

            You gave birth to them or just watch the process?

          • Jdammann says:

            Please go back to Youtube for your trolling efforts. Its not welcomed, have yourself an awesome rest of your life and thanks for participating!

          • Whatmeworry says:

            thanks for letting us know your the father of salmonella

      • Hit Manfan says:

        Feds in the higher end of the pay scale are almost always under paid for what they do. My (GS15) boss (and this story line is fairly typical for GS13-SES) makes about $145K a year (max pay for a GS13 living in a high cost locality is about $117K) and has direct responsibility for an annual buget of around $80M and hundreds of people. How much do think he would make for that working outside of the government? Almost every single person that we have hired away from privite industry traded better pay for what they thought was better job security. Those jobs are classified as “Inherently Governmental” and can’t be done by non-gov people for a variety of reasons including contractual or because of federal law. Go to USAJOBS.GOV and take a look at what the requirements are for these “high paying” positions. Paying Doctors, Lawyers, Engineers and others with very specialized skill sets $130K to $150K a year isn’t extreme.

  5. Rikker59 says:

    If you remember, the pay freeze in 2010 was based on GOTP’s reliance on Rogoff & Reinhart’s research showing that debt negatively influences the economy. That research conclusion was discredited based on misapplication of the data as well as factoring out data that didn’t support their conclusion. But “O” didn’t have the huevos to tell the right-wing they were wrong and then do the right thing for the civil service. He’s just as gutless and conniving a politician as all the rest.

    • mandinka says:

      Yea the debt of every newborn is now $150,000 is just chump change

      • retired worker fed says:

        Thank your right wing friends for much of the debt,. George Bush and his Republican friends gave us the calamity of 2007. We are still getting out of their mess.

        • Sgt Maj says:

          Uh oh .
          Someone needs a rapid lesson in history during the past five years.
          A neighborhood agitator from Chicago is bankrupting us at a rate faster than any liberal can even defend his anti-America policies.

          • retired worker fed says:

            Uh oh. Sarge must learn about history, especially what Hoover did to turn a downturn into the worst depression in the US. You forgot about that one.
            A good president helped prevent Bush’s mess from going in that direction.

        • Steve Neal says:

          What happened to the “one-term” presidency Obama promised all of us if he didn’t have this all fixed in three years? The beginning of his lies to all of us was way before that, but that one he campaigned on and won…

          • retired worker fed says:

            Guess he did not realize how bad the Bush depression was. And what would you propose, the Republicans turning the Bush mess into a great depression?

          • Hit Manfan says:

            the Great Depression was caused by another democrat, FDR.

        • rdj04 says:

          Just like a typical Liberal to keep trying to Bush because the current President has been such a failure since he took office. The only President I know of who knows nothing of what is going on, or has selective amnesia!

        • wombat1951 says:

          Debt comes from spending too much.

          Spending only happens at the level authorized, constitutionally, by the House.

          The House has been controlled by Democrats 3 times as often as the GOP since the 1920s.

          If you want to blame the GOP — then what you are complaining about is that a Reagan or a Bush didn’t veto more of Dem passed deficit spending…..

          • retired worker fed says:

            No. Try again. Debt comes from spending more than income. So what. Why the debt? See above comment that you did not address.
            How is the 1920’s comment relevant?
            I wrote what I wrote, not what you write. You radical rightists love to substitute your nonsense for what someone else writes.

          • wombat1951 says:

            OK — to be more precise, debt is added when what is spent is more than revenues and you have to borrow.

            So what? Typical.

            You radical leftists think debt doesn’t matter. When Dems control the House, spending — and added debt — has been much more than when the GOP has over the years.

            Nonsense is pretending it didn’t happen.

        • Hit Manfan says:

          Democrats controlled both houses of congress in 2007 to 2008, and full control of both houses and the presidency from 2008 to 2010.

      • jdaddy77 says:

        The real debate isn’t about the national debt. It is about whether or not you want your government staffed with competent, skilled people. As a microcosm of the debate, take my own example. I am a mid-career federal employee, and I make roughly 65000 per year. Before I came aboard, the government paid an outside company $140 per hour for the same services I now provide for $30 an hour. I often get job offers from contractors who would like me to work for them making 50% more pay to do what I do now. The only difference would be that the government would again be billed over 200% what they pay for my salary. Trust me, there are few people who could do what I do, and there is no one alive with a Bachelor’s degree and my level of skill and experience who would do the job for less. So do you want me to stay and continue saving you $100 every hour that I work? If so, what are you going to do to keep me? I’ve had all the abuse I am willing to take from the government. One more insult from them and you can add $200,000 a year to the debt to replace the services I provide.

        • mandinka says:

          Few people who could do what you do..hmm? Bet if you quit tomorrow there would be 1000’s line up to take your job.

    • retired worker fed says:

      Actually, Obama had no choice. The right wing was going to force the freeze on us. Remember how they would not even approve a 1/2% raise in 2013?

      • Sgt Maj says:

        Making up fiction is not part of this dialogue.

      • wombat1951 says:

        In 2010 Pelosi ran the House, Reid the Senate, and Obama the White House.

        At times that year, Reid had the magic 60 votes in the Senate.

        Blaming the right wing for Obama’s pay freeze is as dishonest as claiming that the Sequester was not Obama’s idea 🙂

        • retired worker fed says:

          Your comment is pure nonsense. You radical rightists ran up the public (voters) against federal workers. See Heritage Foundation and CATO and your republican ideologues in Congress. Your friends were pushing for pay freezes and reductions. Thus Obama, instead of giving us a 5 year freeze as advocated by your friends, gave us a 2 year freeze. The third year is on your Republican friends in the House.
          Another dishonest point you make is sequestration. Your friends in Congress were blocking a debt ceiling increase. They had the power to do so through filibuster in the Senate and a House majority. If sequestration was not proposed, then we would be in default.
          Actually, your comments were dishonest. Please tell the whole truth instead of the part that suits your needs.

          • wombat1951 says:

            Nonsense is your revisionist history.

            Sequester happened because Obama killed the deal he had with Boehner in 2011 when he demanded an additional $400B in taxes at the last minute. Woodward documented this in detail. Sequester was proposed by Obama as a result. He structured it to hit the DoD harder than anything else, figuring the GOP would reject it. The GOP fooled him and took him up on it, because it was the only way to get ANY spending reductions out of the Left.

            When the pay freeze was enacted, Obama and the Dems completely controlled Congress. Simple historical fact. They passed what they passed.

  6. Rich says:

    Of course none of this applies to the SES sitting in lofty offices. They still get their 5%+ bonuses and their “arbitrary” COLA each year. Certainly no fairness there.

  7. tgusnik says:

    Hmm. How would we be doing it the cola was linked to the CPI? I think we would be better off that we are today or will be in 15 with a 1% increase. I have definitely seen my pay lose ground against inflation. Food prices and cost of all services we use continue to rise. We’ve cut back spending on health insurance and other “discretionary” items but the civil servant continues to lose ground. Now new employees will have to pay more into FERS too. It seems we are being criticized to playing by the rules.

  8. Disqusted says:

    February 24nd?

  9. 24yr. dedicated federal worker says:

    It’s a sad day in this country when you freeze pay for three years for federal employees and when you decide to give them an increase it’s not even enough to cover the yearly increase in their health insurance let alone the cost of living. My take home pay has been steadily going down over the past 5 years. It’s very upsetting.

    • itchyscratchybunghole says:

      quit and find a real job before it is too late…..if you stay too long you will be unemployable in private industry…..

      • retired worker fed says:

        You must be clueless about what a real job is.

        • rdj04 says:

          Moderate seems to have all the answers to defend the person who has done absolutely nothing for the military and Federal employees since he took office! Wait, he has taken care to ensure the people who do not wish to work are taken care of! And his Obama care is nothing but another form of welfare!

          • retired worker fed says:

            Guess you want to continue your anti Obama nonsense instead of reading what was written. Your friends in the Republican party have been advocating 5 year freezes and additional payments of 5% by everyone into the retirement plans. Guess you forgot about that. How convenient. They also blocked a minor pay raise for federal employees in the third year. Guess you forgot that too.

          • Craiger says:

            I guess you should be reminded that the Budget you refer too was presented by the republicans, no offering from the left except to bitch.

        • itchyscratchybunghole says:

          No….I worked in private industry. Then I came to the government. I was shocked at how easy it was. I could barely stay awake. My boss gave me assignments and when I turned them in a week later he said that was supposed to last you 2 or 3 months…… It is a country club. I can’t believe there are GS14 managers who barely graduated high school. They hire contractors with advanced degrees to do the work and then get awards…… unbelievable!! Even worse……most of the employees never worked a day in private industry and think it is normal……they wouldn’t survive a week in the real world…….

  10. DeathWatch says:

    My health insurance alone increased 21% this year–1% doesn’t cut it. Seems to be extravagant with all but those who work for him.

    • grannybunny says:

      It could be worse; Congress continues to propose cuts.

    • disqus_LCxV4xg02J says:

      Obamacare?

      • retired worker fed says:

        Guess you prefer that the medical profession cover the cost of the uninsured.

        • rdj04 says:

          The medical profession! The taxpayers have been footing the bill for the uninsured and will continue to to pay for it with Obama care.

          • retired worker fed says:

            Showing off your lack of knowledge again. yes, taxpayers pay the medical providers for the uninsured through medicaid. However, you do not talk to these providers. They are limiting or refusing to treat the uninsured because the medicaid payments do not cover their costs. Hospitals are going out of business if they have too many medicaid patients. But you were unaware of that fact.

  11. Old Fed says:

    Interesting is that he is raising the minimum pay for federal contractors and freezing pay raises for the actual federal employee!

  12. Sgt Maj says:

    Everyone who works for the Chicago thug gets financially punished – – civilian and military.
    Every acorn who does nothing except collect money, food stamps, cell phones, homes, welfare, free health care, tax rebates and all sorts of freebies in exchange for votes get everything.
    Perfect income redistribution!
    Great incentive not to work, have babies and bleed America.

    • retired worker fed says:

      Yeh, give it all to the big corporations and let the people starve. Sounds like your motto.
      And yes, I agree that the pay raise should be well above 1% considering the raises over the past 4 or 5 years.

      • Sgt Maj says:

        You must mean when the Chicago thug gave your money to Solyndra.
        Other than throwing it away on bozo schemes, he gives it to his acorns to buy liberal votes.

        • retired worker fed says:

          Solyndra was an attempt to save energy. it failed. That is minor compared to George’s Iraqi war and the contracts to his VP’s old corporation. Speaking of buying radical right votes.

          • Sgt Maj says:

            Only in your socialist state does a government pay private companies to operate and gamble with tax money.
            Not in America except under a Chicago thug.

  13. JJ says:

    Maybe the idiot in chief could afford to authorize a decent wage for federal workers if Michelle Antoinette took a few less grand vacations or threw less grandiose soirees in the Palace on Pennsylvania Avenue. Yes, that’s getting personal, but my paycheck is also very personal. And not getting a raise or even COLA in three years has not been very motivational. As a career military officer, I was taught to lead by example. Cutting back on overspending begins at the top. And kudos to Chuck Hagel for proposing to reshape the military for the 21st century. Unfortunately, Boeing Corp. has at least one supplier in all 435 congressional districts. Good luck, Chuck!

    • mandinka says:

      A COLA only applies to retirees. And OPM has stated that during the so called “freeze” the avg fed received $3500 in pay increases

      • retired worker fed says:

        Your stats stink. How much went to the regular employees vs. higher management level employees? And considering feds are so far behind the private industry, the raises are minimal. How about freezing your military pension for 5 years?

      • AlabamaBlues says:

        I have not received any 3500 in these so called average increases you talk about. I can show you my LES since the freeze. Has not changed other than pay more in insurance and other deductions. There is no way the average fed got 3500 increase. A step increase of that amount would have to be a GS14 or above.

  14. Watcher_In_the_Rye says:

    According to usinflationcalculator.com the cumulative rate of inflation for 2010-2014 was 8.6%

  15. mike says:

    They (fed govt legislative and executive branch) seem to be using the lack (and reduction) of raises to slowly reduce all federal pay and adjust for the perception that all fed govt workers are being overpaid. This is supposed to be a COLA, the same as SSA, etc, and there is a pay parity law on the books just being ignored. Current (and new) fed workers just keep getting hit while other groups are excluded (retires, military, etc).

    • Keith Lamb says:

      Actually this time they’re hitting the military too, but the rest of your point stands.

    • mandinka says:

      No feds have never received a COLA, they have in the past received attendance raises non merit based. Pay parity???The avg Fed makes $130,000 a year compared to the avg taxpayers $56K seems as though a pay cut is in order

      • retired worker fed says:

        No one receives attendance pay. Feds receive raises based on private industry pay.
        Your pay comparison is senseless based on factors mentioned many times. Your pension is definitely much too high. Maybe that should be cut in half.

      • AlabamaBlues says:

        Again your wrong on the average fed making 130,000 a year. Again I am the average fed and I am not making 6 digits. The source for your information is just plain dumb and doesn’t know what they are saying. Post your source and just don’t say OPM. Give the article.

      • AlabamaBlues says:

        I hear Dennis Rodman has an opening on his basketball team the next time he goes to North Korea. Maybe you can go with him and not find your way back. You would make a great information officer for the North Koreans in that all you do is lie about your so called facts.

    • retired worker fed says:

      Mandinka is right on one factor. Fed employees do not get COLAs. You are right about the pay parity issue.

  16. Mentallect says:

    I want to see any politician stand up for federal workers, and either pass a bill with a 3% pay raise, or demand the president grants a raise. No bills in the house or senate has a raise attached. It seems to me that any politicians who cares about feds would stand up and be heard.

    …deafening silence!

    • HappilyRetiredFed says:

      It would take a long time to find one politician who does care about feds. Feds are an easy mark. Always have been and always will be.

    • Rikker59 says:

      Won’t happen for 2 reasons:
      1. GOTP Congress has spent too much time villifying federal workers.
      2. Congressmen have no cojones these days.

    • mandinka says:

      I agre that some feds deserve a higher raise. Solution the top 15% get a 3% raise the middle 65% get 1% and the remaining 20% get nutting

      • retired worker fed says:

        The first 3 letters of the last word you wrote reflect your opinions.
        Your solution also stinks. Raises should be granted if the workers are doing satisfactory work (all 3’s or better)

    • tag1555 says:

      I think some of the congresspersons local to DC – Connolly, Edwards, Mikulski, and to a lesser degree Hoyer – try and represent the federal workforce, but that’s self-preservation on their part since a lot of their constituents are federal workers, and still only a few voices which are drowned out when another measure hitting feds comes along.

  17. Rikker59 says:

    He’d still have to give us an 8-9% catch-up COLA for our wages to have kept pace with private sector. Soon, federal government workers will have same employer loyalty as do Wal-Mart serfs. And the managers still expect unpaid OT because you’re “professionals”. Professionals that are being treated like crap.

    • HappilyRetiredFed says:

      Feds are one step above Wal-Mart employees. Why else are they retiring in droves. If feds liked their jobs they would be reluctant to retire.

    • tgusnik says:

      OPM provided pretty stong guidance with respect to unpaid overtime during the sequestration. My advice would be be perform the work, document the hours and then when retiring or leaving the agency submit a claim. If your bosses know you were required or permitted to do the work it is a must pay bill.

      I have seen this occur twice in the past year. Both employees were paid for hundreds of hours. One have records going back 15 years.

    • mandinka says:

      No if your wages kept up with the private sector you should be making 20% less

    • retired worker fed says:

      You do not have to work unpaid OT. I cannot write the same thing about managers because I do not know about them.

  18. EJL says:

    It is an insult to Federal employees to use the word raise and 1% in the same sentence.

    • Nyimah says:

      Yes, it is, that didn’t even cover the cost of my insurance premiums going up! My pay check seems to be getting smaller and smaller, I’m only surviving by the grace of GOD’! 🙂 , OH WAIT, can I mention GOD ??? :):):)…

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