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  • Only 5.35% for FERS
    deployed decoy
    Hey the up side is, this wont reduce Hi3 calculations, only knock take home pay lower until I pull the plug in 18 months at MRA. Just will have to make up for it by taking a grade reduction to deploy to the war zone proper. Where I have been told I can get all the OT I can put on the time card and the 70% pay bump in the war zone. Since Kuwait is only a war zone for military tax free folks, with a whopping 10% bump up for lousy living conditions for feds. But, I hazard a guess US Locality Pay will increae by the same amout if folks in the USA ever get a raise again (maybe they will come up with USA COLA to offest this 5.35% loss in buying power). So in the end only deployed folks lose out, not receiving US locality pay in many cases.
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  • Opps
    deployed decoy
    Sorry FERS will go to 6.15%. But think about it, closer to 8% after taxes...
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  • More political theater
    Just me
    This decision is long on form and short on substance. It's about villifying federal employees, yet again, for Congress' failures. Since Congress has all but decided to take discussions about Social Security reform AND tax increases OFF the table, we can clearly see that they're not serious about deficit reduction.
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  • Pay Cut
    belugajedi
    And this paycut applies to all the folks on the Hill as well????
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  • Billions...
    Cathy
    go to foreign aid. Why don't we take care of ourselves (USA) first?
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  • 50/50?
    Windover18
    Your article says: The majority of employees, who are under the Federal Employees Retirement System, would see their retirement contributions now 0.8 percent go to 11.5 percent. According to government data, Uncle Sam now contributes 18 percent to the annuity of CSRS employees and 11.5 percent to finance the FERS benefit. If will be contributing 11.5% and the governement continues to contribute 11.5% then 23% of my salary would be going into an acocunt for my retirement? Must mean that I should see almost 100% increase in the estimated amount of my retirement benefit. I know, I am probably missing something here.... Depressed at DOT
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  • What you are missing...
    StarTrek1701
    ...is the fact that Congress is shifting the burden of our retirement to the employee. You are not looking at 23% going into your retirement. You are looking at YOUR 11.5% feeding your retirement because the Congress will cut their contribution. That is their whole purpose here. If Federal employees had the power to strike or to take other punitive employment actions, Congress would be singing a different tune. Unfortunately, the Federal employee unions are largely toothless lions; a lot of growling but very little bite. Federal employees need to come together and, collectively, take a day off. I believe the police call them "blue" days. I think all it will take is one. Once they realize that the government will cease to function with the vast majority of its workforce at home, I believe, I hope, there will be such a backlash that Congress will have to "back peddle" on a lot of what they want to do and what they have already done.
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  • What you are missing...
    LindaH
    Glen G, you hit it on the head. Fed employees are not allowed to strike or take any other punitive action without being FIRED. congress knew exactly what they where doing when they created those laws to stop any Fed employee from speaking out and this is what scares a lot of Fed workers.--- It is alright for them to get on national tele and cause citizens of the country to dislike Fed workers with their propaganda, but we are to SHUT-UP!---That law called freedom of speech is BS, it's only for congress, the rich and people who doesn't work for the Gov.-- Congress could not do all this stuff to Fed workers if a strike could come about, they know this.-- The Union is weak as dish water. All the money that is going to the Union, you'd think better representation? We know they are not lawyers, but gee-whiz, do something! These leaders are weak in the Union, They need to be FIRED and replace with people who have zeal, fire and tenacity. This is the sole reason as to why I got out of the Union because I saw nothing they have done, but throw out the same old weak lines to congress in which I now simply skip over their replies because it’s to LAME! Why do you think congress is running over them like a Mack Truck? They are WEAK!!---Yes, if I had the opportunity to have been a Union leader that had the chance to confront congress, I'd fight extremely hard, rather I'm heard or not. The Union has many way to be heard, get the public involved.--Yes, yes, I am familiar with that phrase, “you don't know until you walk in someone else shoes," this is not the case for the Union, this unit simply doesn't have any experienced people to go up and face congress. If so, show me, only then will I rethink about joining to fight for the cause.
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  • Poor me
    billofbrewster
    We are here to do a job. There are no guarantees. Federal government unions are, in my opinion, unConstitutional if not explicitly then certainly by intent. This is the same whining we heard from teachers and their unions in Wisconsin. You come together and hold the American taxpayer in contempt at your own risk.
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  • Federal Unions are Unconstitutional?
    Moderate
    Your statement "Federal government unions are, in my opinion, unConstitutional if not explicitly then certainly by intent". My response-Please explain thisw lunatic comment. Under what part of the Constitution are unions unconstitutional?----------- As far as the issue in Wisconsin is concerned, you have a governor and Republican legislature that is anti union and wants to stick it to teachers.--------------------------- Neither situation holds taxpayers in contempt. We just want to make a decent living. If you think teaching is so easy, then try it sometime.--------------------------- Perhaps the teachers should return the favor by letting the school district hire coaches and specialists for after school activities.
    worker
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  • Federal Unions are Unconstitutional
    David L.
    "Moderate" was stating that Federal Unions were un-constitutional NOT unions in general. It's a big distinction. I think Federal employees are treated pretty fair. More sick leave and vacation than most private sector employees. The unions have kept performance incentives from measing a worker's success at meeting goals so pay comes regardless of performance so many do not perform at the needed level. By the way, Wisconsin teachers Union promoted poor behavior by its members. Its one thing to protest its another to promote the shamless behavior and the lying of teachers and unions as was seen on national TV.
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  • To David L
    Moderate
    Moderate is not stating that federal unions are unconstitutional. Billot is stating that. So again, please show that they are unconstitutional. whether you like or do not like federal unions is another story.-------------You state that unions have kept performance standards from measuring a worker's success...That is totally untrue. Your evaluation is based on your performance. Your evaluation determines, to a great extent whether you get a promotion or not. It also can determine whether you get a performance award which helps determine who gets a promotion. It can also be used to fire you.--------------By the way, your comment about Wisconsin teachers shows your nonsense and bias. The Republicans are attacking unions and teachers. of course you expect them to smile and say yes sir. I do not think so. Maybe if your job, pay, and benefits were attacked in a very underhanded way, you would smile and say yes sir. "Right"
    worker
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