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  • When it comes to pay, size matters

    01/22/2011 10:11:12 AM PST · by TheDingoAteMyBaby · 19 replies
    Star Tribune via Miami Herald ^ | 01.19.11 | Amelia Rayno
    MINNEAPOLIS -- If you are a woman, you should be extremely thin; if you are a man, you should be big and strong. And while we’ve grown accustomed to seeing studies that such stereotypes play out in the workplace — overweight and obese women, for example, have a harder time ascending the career staircase — a recent study has found that a worker’s girth can have an appreciable impact on the size of their paycheck. The study found that thin women are paid significantly more than their average-size counterparts, while heavier women make less. Skinnier-than-average men, on the other hand,...
  • Uncle Sam is Hiring!

    01/14/2011 6:32:02 AM PST · by Poundstone · 19 replies
    AJC ^ | Jan. 13, 2011 | Laura Raines
    Uncle Sam wants you -- to work for the federal government. Government agencies need to add about 193,000 new employees to fill "mission critical" jobs in many fields in the next two years, according to a report from the Partnership for Public Service, a nonprofit organization that seeks to revitalize the federal government. That’s good news for job seekers who have the patience and stamina to plow through the cumbersome federal hiring process.
  • Pay freezes put Air Force Civilians in Flux (one consequence of federal pay freeze)

    01/07/2011 6:01:12 AM PST · by Poundstone · 57 replies
    Fedsmith ^ | December 7, 2011 | Robert F. Dorr
    Today is the day to say thanks to an unsung group in the Air Force: civilian employees. The Air Force wouldn’t run as smoothly if it weren’t for those 173,013 dedicated workers. They perform an incredible range of duties, from managing information technology systems to maintaining aircraft. Civilian employees are going to face tougher times in the coming year. They’re looking at a two-year pay freeze that President Obama wants to impose to reduce the federal deficit. Some will fight that battle with the help of the American Federation of Government Employees, a union, and professional societies; others, though, have...
  • Public pension crisis has tragic consequences

    12/31/2010 9:43:04 AM PST · by eagles · 62 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12-31-2010 | Mark Hemingway
    Mark Hemingway: America's public pension crisis has tragic consequences By: Mark Hemingway 12/26/10 8:05 PM When the police found the body of the town's 58-year-old retired fire marshal, the lights had been turned off in his house and he had no running water. He had no money to pay his bills and he was too proud to accept help from his neighbors. Perhaps because he was so proud, the New York Times was polite enough not to use the fire marshal's name in their account of his death. Welcome to Pritchard, Ala., where the public employee pension checks just stopped...
  • Alabama Town’s Failed Pension Is a Warning

    12/23/2010 7:06:05 AM PST · by Poundstone · 61 replies · 2+ views
    CNBC ^ | December 23, 2010 | Michael Cooper and Mary Williams Walsh
    This struggling small city on the outskirts of Mobile was warned for years that if it did nothing, its pension fund would run out of money by 2009. Right on schedule, its fund ran dry. Then Prichard did something that pension experts say they have never seen before: it stopped sending monthly pension checks to its 150 retired workers, breaking a state law requiring it to pay its promised retirement benefits in full.
  • Why Are Americans So Eager to Cut Government Salaries?

    12/23/2010 7:02:39 AM PST · by Poundstone · 75 replies
    Atlantic ^ | December 21, 2010 | Derek Thompson
    Americans don't agree on much when it comes to fixing the budget, but they agree on this: They're paying government workers too much money. In an October Washington Post poll, the only major deficit-busting proposal called "totally acceptable" by a majority of respondents was to freeze the salaries of public sector employees. The president must have been reading the Post that day, because Obama's latest concession to conservatives on the deficit was a two-year pay freeze for government workers. If the president's plan gave Americans the idea that cutting public sector pay was worthwhile, conservative politicians have piled on to...
  • Temporary Spending Bill Contains Pay Freeze for Federal Employees

    12/20/2010 5:52:47 PM PST · by COBOL2Java · 14 replies · 1+ views ^ | 20 December 2010 |
    A continuing resolution that would fund the government through March 4, 2011 and freeze federal worker pay will be the subject of a vote in the Senate early Tuesday morning according to The Hill. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has filed a motion to end debate on a continuing resolution that would fund the federal government through March 4. The Senate bill is a substitute to the House-passed continuing resolution that would have funded the government through September 30 and included changes to funding sought by the Obama administration. The 36-page bill provides a small increase of $1.16 billion...

    12/21/2010 8:17:23 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 12 replies · 1+ views
    Anoka County Watchdog ^ | 12-20-10 | harold hamilton
    Governor Pawlenty ignited a firestorm of public employee outrage and indignation this week when he rightly called them out for their oversized paychecks and gold-plated benefits. So what's the truth regarding AFSCME employees? What kind of pay and benefits do they get? Should they indeed be exempt from furloughs?
  • Public Servants Feel Sting of Budget Rancor

    12/21/2010 5:53:45 AM PST · by Poundstone · 82 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 21, 2010 | Karen Tumulty and Ed O'Keefe
    (snip) Relative job security with generous benefits that extend into retirement has long been part of the appeal of working for the government. But an eight-hour day in a drab Independence Avenue office building can look like a supremely privileged lifestyle when Americans in the private sector are panicked and furious over what has happened to their own salaries, health coverage and 401 (k)s. Add to that the growing view that the government has gotten too big and that deficits are going to swallow the economy, and you have all the makings of a backlash.
  • Federal pay freeze? Here's the flip side

    12/19/2010 7:30:57 PM PST · by Poundstone · 114 replies · 1+ views
    CSM ^ | December 17, 2010 | Peter Grier
    Are federal bureaucrats overpaid? Lots of nonfederal bureaucrats think so. Upward of two-thirds of US voters approve of President Obama’s recent proposal to freeze feds’ wages for two years, polls show. We won’t take a position on that, other than to say we know many government workers who earn every dollar of their salary. But we will note this: Not too long ago, the big policy question regarding federal employees was not whether they made too much but whether they made too little.
  • Muslim employees of D.C. hotel say they were barred fromfloors where Israelis stayed

    12/15/2010 2:22:52 PM PST · by Nachum · 69 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 12/15/10 | Tara Bahrampour
    Muslim employees of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington said they felt discriminated against after being barred over the weekend from floors where an Israeli delegation was staying, a Muslim advocacy group said. One hotel worker whose duties involve going to all the hotel's floors said he was preparing for his shift Friday when his supervisor told him to steer clear of the eighth and ninth floors, where Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak and his delegation had booked rooms. "I said, 'Why?' said the worker, who is Muslim and wanted to remain unidentified to protect his job. He said his...
  • Blanket pay-scale freeze for federal employees fails to address underlying issues

    12/13/2010 6:00:12 AM PST · by Poundstone · 10 replies
    Fedsmith ^ | December 12, 2010 | None
    Congress is likely to pass President Obama's proposed two-year freeze on the federal employee pay scale. Federal employees are an easy target, but in truth the impact of this freeze is not as broad as it would appear. For starters, this is not a freeze on most federal wages. It is a freeze on the federal wage scale. And because many employees are rewarded for time on the job with step increases, and for their performance with promotions, few federal workers will go without raises over this two-year period. In fact, according to a Federal Times analysis, 75 percent of...
  • President Obama Signs Telework Bill into Law (for federal employees)

    12/10/2010 6:36:20 AM PST · by Poundstone · 11 replies
    Fedsmith ^ | December 9, 2010 | Ian Smith
    HR 1722 was signed into law by President Obama Thursday afternoon. Also known as the Telework Enhancement Act, the bill aims to increase the work-at-home opportunities for federal employees. The bill instructs federal agencies to come up with better defined policies to promote telework. Some of its key features are that it requires each agency head to: * Establish a policy under which eligible agency employees may be authorized to telework * Determine employee eligibility to participate in telework * Notify all employees of their eligibility to telework
  • Most employers expect to give pay raises next year, Mercer survey finds

    12/08/2010 10:40:12 AM PST · by Poundstone · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Mercer LLC ^ | August 3, 2010 | Mercer LLC
    According to Mercer’s 2010/2011 US Compensation Planning Survey, more than 98% of companies plan to award base pay increases in 2011. Moreover, just 2% of companies are planning across-the-board salary freezes next year compared to 13% in 2010 and 31% in 2009.
  • For Federal Employees, a Feeling of Being Targets in the Budget Wars

    12/06/2010 7:59:25 AM PST · by Poundstone · 96 replies · 1+ views
    New York Times ^ | December 5, 2010 | Ashley Parker
    WASHINGTON — Iyauta Moore may be many things — a single mother raised by a single mother in the South Bronx, a 34-year-old woman with a master’s degree in public administration from American University, a top-level government employee who makes a little over $100,000 a year — but she bristles at the notion that she is just another overpaid, underworked, cosseted bureaucrat. “What I do here involves creating something that doesn’t exist,” she said of her job at the Department of Education, where she is establishing a group to help oversee all of the department’s grants. “That’s not pushing paper.”...
  • 5 Myths About Federal Workers

    12/05/2010 8:35:17 AM PST · by Poundstone · 210 replies · 6+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | December 5, 2010 | Max Stier
    1The notion that federal workers consistently earn higher salaries than comparable private-sector workers has become an accepted truth. Conservative think tanks, including the Cato Institute, make much of data that does not offer fair comparisons of similar public-sector and private-sector jobs or account for how experience and education affect pay. A pediatrician with a small practice in Des Moines and a doctor at the National Institutes of Health who is leading a team of 50 researchers trying to cure cancer both provide health care, for example, but we shouldn't expect that they be paid the same.
  • Obama's pay freeze for federal workers only limits raises

    12/01/2010 7:57:20 AM PST · by Poundstone · 19 replies
    Fedsmith ^ | Dec. 1, 2010 | Dennis Cauchon
    Many federal workers would still get pay raises the next two years despite the limited salary freeze President Obama proposed this week for 2.2 million government employees. The president's proposal, if approved by Congress, would stop across-the-board pay hikes set for January 2011 and January 2012. But many federal workers will receive other pay hikes — longevity increases (called steps), promotions in grade, bonuses, overtime and other cash payments.
  • Federal Workers Rage Against President Obama's Two-Year Wage Freeze

    11/30/2010 7:58:03 AM PST · by Poundstone · 143 replies · 9+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | November 30, 2010 | John Marzulli, Kelly Burke
    Irate federal workers in New York had a few choice words for President Obama's decision Monday to freeze their wages for the next two years. "That's why Obama's ratings are below [ex-President George W.] Bush's, and that's hard to be unless you're Osama Bin Laden," said Rosemarie Clemmens of Manhattan. Clemmens, who works for the Social Security Administration, said she voted for Obama but won't again. "I can't wait until I retire," the life-long government worker added.
  • Remember My Discussion on Pensions?

    11/29/2010 2:41:49 PM PST · by The Comedian · 24 replies
    The Market Ticker ^ | Nov. 29, 2010 | Karl Denninger
    France is the latest to seize pension assets. They follow Hungary and Ireland. There will be more. And eventually, it will come here - and when it does, you will get hosed. There is only one way to stop it. You, the American people, must demand that all of the bad loans that were made by banks be forced back onto them and defaulted. At the same time the government must stand back and let the adjustment take place. Yes, this will detonate the banks. Yes, this will result in huge losses. Yes, this will result in a short-term dislocation...
  • Frozen Assets (Pay Raise for Federal Employees)

    11/19/2010 7:15:06 AM PST · by Poundstone · 14 replies
    Government Executive ^ | November 18, 2010 | Emily Long
    The 2011 pay raise for federal employees is in a holding pattern. Proposals to cut or freeze salaries could have a broader impact on government recruiting, retention and morale, but agencies have other tools available to reward workers.