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Posted on 07/09/2010 2:38:35 AM PDT by Scanian
Want a 22 percent raise with zero risk of being let go?
Get a federal job.
A just-released report from Heritage Foundation scholar James Sherk reveals that times have never been better for civilian employees of Uncle Sam.
To wit: Federal employees enjoy salaries 22 percent higher than folks in the private sector with comparable qualifications and job descriptions -- 30 to 40 percent higher when you factor in extra-generous fringe benefits.
Plus, civil-service protections make it almost impossible to be fired.
Nice work if you can get it, right?
Actually, the federal government seems to be the only employer that's hiring.
According to Heritage, federal civilian employment is up 12.2 percent, to 2.21 million, since December 2007 -- even as the private sector's shed 7.9 million jobs.
Sherk estimates that Americans would save $47 billion a year simply by bringing most federal-employee compensation in line with market rates.
In other words, that's $47 billion -- at least -- that taxpayers never should have been paying in the first place.
(Excerpt) Read more at nypost.com ...
Bankrupt Illinois just gave 40,000 union hacks a 14 percent raise.
in the USA
As another FReeper posted (sorry to have lost the name):
My sister worked -for a while- at the State Department of Revenue.
A state representative requested the head of the department to hire one of her proteges.
This woman arrived promptly at 9:00 AM, walked into a supplies closet and closed the door - only to reappear at 4:30PM.
Inspection revealed that she had a portable TV, a cooler and a cot with pillow in the closet.
When sis pointed this out - repeatedly - to the department head, SHE was asked to leave....and did.
French civil servant lifts lid on five-hours-a-week culture
Zoé Shepard, her pen name, confirmed France’s worst fears about its “fonctionnaires” its 5.2 million civil servants in a book recounting how they compete to see who will hover longest at the coffee machine, draw up sick notes to stay weeks away from the office or while away the day Facebook.
In Absolument Dé-bor-dé (Absolutely Snowed Under), subtitled How to Make 35 hours Last a Month, nepotism is rife and taxpayer’s money wasted, with one local civil servant even signing off his visit to a prostitute as “travel expenses”.
After eight years studying in France’s top administrative schools, Miss Shepard was taken on as a high-grade civil servant in French local government. She said she was raring to put her knowledge to public use but soon realised her remit was to do as little as possible in the greatest amount of time.
Upon arrival, her boss gave her a week to write a précis of a few sheets of paper. “Is this some kind of joke?” she asked.
“It’s a tough assignment I know,” he replied. “Listen, you can have until the middle of next week if you can’t finish it,” he added. One and a half hours later, she had completed the task.
“Want a 22 percent raise with zero risk of being let go?”
And also not have to do any work. And surf porn all day if that is what you want. Or do whatever you please with generous holidays, sick time and pension benefits.
Looks like union bosses run D.C. than hacks do.