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Don't feel sorry for those federal workers


Date published: 2/26/2013

Willard Sawyer's letter is indicative of the greed shown by many of us who demand more and more from the federal government ["Cantor, Wittman hinder federal workers," Feb. 10].

Sawyer failed to mention that all federal employees have received a pay raise every year since 1970, except for 1983, 1986, 2010, and 2011. All federal retirees received a COLA every year, except for 1984, 1986, 2010, and 2011 during this period. By the way, he also failed to mention that many federal employees also received a "within grade" salary increase.

The Office of Personnel Management estimates the cost of Civil Service Retirement System to be an amount equal to 26 percent of employee pay. The federal government pays 19 percent of this amount and the other 7 percent is paid by the employee. I hardly think all industry and state employees have this benefit. (I am talking about CSRS, not Federal Employees Retirement System.)

Sawyer's suggestion that these two members of Congress "have consistently thrown active and retired federal workers under the bus" is a joke. However, I may be thrown under the bus when my former co-workers and some neighbors read this. I have been a retired federal employee since June of 1993.

Far too many of us must be more appreciative of what we have and quit demanding more. If the federal government does not pay you enough, quit. There are many unemployed who would love to find a job.

Roy Strawhun

Locust Grove