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Government Employees Live in a Different World January 29, 2009

Posted by papundit in Uncategorized.
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An excellent new blog is digging into the finances and contracts of the Tredyffrin/Easttown school district.  The figures exposed here should outrage the taxpayers.

The new teacher’s contract, just recently finalized, gives a 4 year raise of at least 17.7% — and as much as 36.8% — to new teachers!  As this blogger asks, “Do you know ANYONE in industry that will get that kind of [guaranteed] raise over 4 years?”

Also noted is the fact that employees of the public schools enjoy uncapped and taxpayer-guaranteed pensions.

And don’t forget the job security that government employees enjoy: At a time when unemployment is breaking records, the unemployment rates of government workers are under 3%.

Government employees have managed to insulate themselves from the real world with our tax dollars.

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1. papundit - February 10, 2009

Forbes, via Instapundit:

In public-sector America things just get better and better. The common presumption is that public servants forgo high wages in exchange for safe jobs and benefits. The reality is they get all three.

2. papundit - May 19, 2009

Noted in Steve Malanga’s essay, “Unions vs. Taxpayers:”

A study in 2005 by the nonpartisan Employee Benefit Research Institute estimated that the average public-sector worker earned 46% more in salary and benefits than comparable private-sector workers. The gap has only continued to grow. For example, state and local worker pay and benefits rose 3.1% in the last year, compared to 1.9% in the private sector, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

But the real power of the public sector is showing through in this economic crisis. Some five million private-sector workers have lost their jobs in the last year alone, and their unemployment rate is above 9% according to the BLS. By contrast, public-sector employment has grown in virtually every month of the recession, and the jobless rate for government workers is a mere 2.8%. For anyone who thinks such low unemployment numbers are good news, remember that the bulging public sector must be paid for with revenues that most governments don’t currently have.

3. papundit - March 9, 2010

Summarizing a USA Today report — “It Pays to Work for Uncle Sam” — regarding public vs private compensation:

U.S. government workers earned an average salary of $67,691 for occupations that exist in both government and the private sector, which was $7,600 a year more than workers in the private sector doing the same jobs. Health and pension benefits for U.S. government workers average $40,795 per year, but $9,882 per worker in the private sector.


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