Lowly private sector workers wages rose over the same by only 4.6% to. Most people assume these differences are due to unionization rates, but only a little over one third of federal civilian workers are actually unionized.
The reason government workers wages rise faster than private sectors workers is that federal workers are guaranteed “periodic step-increases” for seniority under law. There was not much for private sector workers to celebrate about this Labor Day, , but it should have been party time for federal employees who make 71% more.
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