As a Federal Employee I am sympathetic to the rest of the country’s economic situation and have taken the 2 year cut on our Cost of Living increase with a grain of salt, knowing ultimately we’re helping out in a small way. But I feel it is a slap in the face when the contractors in my office are granted raises because their contracts state they are entitled to receive it.
Why aren’t there clauses in Federal Labor Contracts that state, “When Federal Employees do not receive a Cost of Living increase an increase in pay rate will not be given to Federal Contractors”? If we all work together and in the same boat, shouldn’t we all have to bail water? This clause should be mandatory on all Federal Contracts and not be up to the COR or Agency to dictate.
The amount of money saved would be at least in the millions and possibly comparable to the savings of not granting Cost of Living increases to Federal Employees.