I am a LPN at a VA hospital and have been for the past 16 yrs. I don’t know how many of you remember 1994. We had a furlough in KY; no pay for 2 pay periods… we got pink slips to take to our creditors. I also have been in the government system when people took early retirements because we went through a reduction in workforce. From what I understand a freeze you will still get your regular pay every pay period, and you continue to get your within grade increases when they are due, I’ll take that any day.
I am a GS 7 and don’t make a lot of money either, but the yearly COLA is money that we never had. We can’t miss what we never had. My COLA is on average 10-35 dollars a pay period, if that causes me a hardship I need to make some adjustment in my way of living to adjust. I see people daily who wish they had a job to get a paycheck. Let’s be thankful for the government job that we have, we have a benefit package that a lot of people in the private sector don’t have. Yes I am a union member, so I’m not knocking the work they are trying to do either.
Maybe I’m just too humble.
LPN – Department of Veterans Affairs