Letter to the editor

We are "sort of" in the same boat as the Federal Aviation Administration workers in your article ["FAA pay raise issue lingers"].

I work for a non-appropriated fund organization that is part of the Army. I, along with my fellow programmers, did not benefit from the 7 percent to 12 percent pay raise that most of the government people in our field received.

The military decided that the non-appropriated fund employees should be in so-called "bands." That is, there is a minimum wage and maximum wage for a "band" and theoretically a worker can negotiate for his wage anywhere within that "band."

This was done sometime in the early 1980s and since that time our pay has fallen behind the scale that we were equivalent to, the GS pay scale. Since this pay band schedule went into effect, I know of two people that were able to negotiate for a higher wage.

If the FAA people feel like they are second-rate, this makes us third-rate.

Name withheld upon request

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