tindelsurf wrote:Litterbug - if you know you're making that much less I'd be having a meeting with my manager TODAY or looking for a new company to work for / new department / private sector / etc. That is a HUGE bag of money! And if you're doing the same work then you should be compensated similarly. In fact if you're getting compensated so poorly, I'd consider hiring an attorney - not that they could do anything - but you could talk to a couple and find out.
There's simply not a whole lot that can be done. I could go into the private sector, but my whole work life has been about public service. However, for my next 'performance plan review', I'm going to bring in a list of compensation for everyone in our division and let my supervisor know I'm aware of it.
We got 1-2% increases the first few years I worked here, and our whole office had an upward adjustment about 5 years ago, but until around 10 years ago they started people at higher steps within their salary range and everyone got annual step increases. I haven't had a step increase since I've worked here, and we haven't had a COLA in the past 3-4 years.
So anyone who's worked here more than 10 years has to make more than me. It's not fair, but it's not discriminatory. If I thought it was, I'd be at the labor commission in a heartbeat.
I'm not as depressed about it as I was yesterday. Another $20K more per year plus YNAB would let me accelerate debt payoff and and pre-retirement savings. I see a lot of YNABers who get on the wagon and retire $30,000 of debt in a year. $30,000 is only a few tens of thousands less than my net pay.
Still, I've done what I've done, and will do what I'll do, all by myself. It hasn't been a bad tradeoff. I knew I'd never have serious money, but even now I don't think I'd have chosen differently--except that I certainly could have chosen not to go into debt!
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