Matt Johnson

johnsm2011 3 years, 3 months ago on Lawmaker seeks study of state employee salaries

Oh, by the way, I don't want to be union, becasue unions caused half the problem with the cost of living being to high. Just look at the auto industry and the cost of employee benfits they've had to shell out over the years due unions gripping for money for folks that put bolts on a automobile. I wish I could make that kind of money, but the auto industry doesn't think I'm qualified because I went to college.

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johnsm2011 3 years, 3 months ago on Lawmaker seeks study of state employee salaries

I've been with the state 18 years going on 19 and 10 years to go for retirement. After that long, close to retirement and with the bad job market it's almost impossible to change jobs now. There has been study after study done to try to improve the pay for state employees but very little if any of it gets implemented. Yes there are folks in career ladder jobs with the state and they get pay raises based on those but not when raises are not in the budget. There are a lot of employees with the state that are not in career ladder jobs, which is my case, and have to rely on the cost of living raises that are given out, but there hasn't been a cost of living raise since 2007/2008. Gas prices keep going up, electric rates keep going up, and grocery prices keep going up, but our pay keeps stagnant. The gas companies and electric companies and food companies raise prices but they don't have to ask the consumer for permission to for their prices. The state has to ask for tax increases, and every time most voters turn it down and tell the state to do the same or more work with what they have. The state provides a lot of services for the public that private business can't provide such as fixing the roads and educating kids. Yes we do have holidays but the governor keeps wanting to take away two of those and still not give us pay raises. Our life and health insurance is going up as well but we're not getting any more pay. As far as college degrees go, there are things that folks learn in college that can be applied to work where a high school diploma doesn't cut it. Believe it or not most college kids work while going to college. That's job experience, but unfortunately it's not the job experience that real employeers want and college grads get really robbed when they get out becasue their either over educated for the meanlngless jobs or not experiernced enough for jobs that their degree intends to get them into. Also IT folks don't work on spreadsheets and word documents for a living, they have to know how to and be able to fix/install hardware and software and show the folks that work on the spreadsheets how to work them, open them, save them, network computers, and whole bunch of other stuff. That's what I do for the state, and I don't have a degree in computer science I have a degree in another major where I learned how to work computers and learned all that suff, but a high school diploma doesn't teach that. With the way the layoffs are going around the low pay doesn't compensate for the potential loss of job security, that goes for state, county and city governments around the country. Most folks with the state don't make enough to save for a potential layoff because their bills are eating up too much of their paycheck. I want my pay raise that I work hard for and derserve.

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