Monday, September 01, 2003
::: Big Slap From The Bush Snake :::
OR ::: You're Not Getting The $$$ :::
In the letter Wednesday to congressional leaders, Bush said he was changing the pay structure, invoking "national emergency or serious economic conditions," and would limit the raises to 2 percent. Federal workers had been expecting a 2.7 percent increase just to keep up with inflation. Instead they'll get across-the-board raises of 1.5 percent, with the remaining 0.5 percent for locality pay, a premium for workers who live in high-cost areas. About two-thirds of the government's 1.8 million civilian employees will get only the 1.5 percent raise.
Let's face it: This administration is no fan of federal workers. It is seeking to privatize federal jobs, waive and restrict union memberships for federal workers, and deny overtime pay for millions of white-collar workers. John Sweeney, president of the AFL-CIO, got it right when he said, "Bush is making federal employees pay for his own fiscal recklessness."
When Congress returns next week, it should undo some of the damage, starting with fully funding these pay raises.