Opinion: ‘Government can’t compete with wages in private sector’

Letter to the Editor by Dean Nulton
Published in The Bakerfield Californian, Feb. 19
I think that the public has a right to know how and why government employees have the benefits that they have.

For approximately 15 years, I sat on the board of the county employees union, and I was heavily involved in negotiations. As each contract was approaching its conclusion, the county and the union would do wage comparisons. These comparisons were done with other government agencies and with comparable private-sector jobs. These comparisons took into consideration wages, health benefits and retirement.

The county employees gave up wage increases in order to have the benefits. Had the county not given me the health and retirement package they did, it would have cost them approximately 55 percent more in wages to keep me and my co-workers. As it was, my total compensation package still left me 15 percent to 20 percent behind my private-sector counterparts.

If governments want their employees to be on par with the private sector as far as benefits are concerned, then they will need to pay comparable wages, which is something they are not equipped to do.




dr robert j. allison
Monday, February 28, 2011 6:29:55 PM
the public sector fases a revenue shortate not a spending crisis. outside of over spending for prisons spending is not  the problem. return to the tax system of the 1950s and government at all  levels would be ok.

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