What on earth makes you think ALL public employees make this kind of money? I am a public employee & I am tired of people thinking we ALL are making buckets of money & have all these perks! I make about 30K a year. I pay into my retirement fund. And my health insurance is a high deductible plan. I will pay 5K out of pocket every calendar year before my benefits kick in. I contribute a portion of my check every pay to a savings account to cover my medical expenses that occur prior to my insurance kicking in. And the municipality that I work for contributes nothing to that account like some other municipalities do for their employees, or even like some companies in the private sector. I have no taxpayer funded vehicle to drive. I had to take out a loan to buy my used car & make payments on it like everyone else. I show up for work when I'm supposed to be there very rarely taking any sick time. And I do my job for 8 hours a day. The job I do for the government earns twice as much in the private sector. We are told the reason we are paid so much less for doing the same work is because we get such great health benefits. But they keep chipping away at our benefits every year costing the employees more and more & not increasing our salaries sometimes for multiple years in a row to help us compensate for the rise in costs.
A commenter before me mentions "honest, hardworking, stuggling to pay their bills & feed their families." So are you insinuating that myself & others like me aren't any of those things?
I just wish people would stop assuming we are all greedy, all lazy, all over compensated, and are all around evil people. Yes there are some that make big money, just like any company in the private sector might have their share of fat cats. But don't forget just like those companies have their lowly worker bees that keep the place running, so do your government offices. And we are not just hanging out in a govt building all day laughing at the taxpayers with our hand out. The majority of us are working, doing our jobs, and providing a service.
January 27, 2013 at 2:32 p.m.
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