I have worked for the Social Security Administration since 1974. I am an on-site representative for our Local, 3369. This isn’t about money per se – although I certainly don’t disagree that even the 1 or 2% C.O.L.A. that we would expect to receive for something approaching parity would make a difference in the day-to-day lives of working families. It’s about principle: those of us who have chosen to forsake a potentially lucrative career in private industry so that we could serve our country should not be continually penalized for doing so. The right-wing gas-bag blowhards who constantly denigrate those who believe in public service should be forced to eat un-inspected meat and swallow uncertified medications, and have their personal mail delivered right to the front door of their home by just anyone off the street who wants to make five bucks an hour. And while we’re at it, I’m sure that they won’t mind if military men and women who were shot to bits in a war they voted for were cared for by poorly paid and underqualified personnel. I’d pay good money to hear how they would justify that.
If you show people respect and pay them accordingly you will get what you deserve: the best civil service workforce in the world. If you don’t, well, you will indeed get what you deserve.
AFGE Local 3369
Social Security Administration, New York